Too cool

Ethan insisted on wearing his sunglasses to bed the other night. That's just how he rolls.

Aiden thought it was so hilarious, he blogged about it the next day.

The kindness of children

** This is a "guest post" by my husband, Ricky. He played Mr. Mom this past weekend while I was in Michigan and Chicago and he did a really great job. How many moms can say that their husbands venture out with two young kids under 3 years old BY HIMSELF, taking them to the zoo, shopping, and to a park (while also managing to clean the house for a showing)???!!! I'm so proud of him! And am so happy that the boys shared such a wonderful time with their daddy. **

I felt the need to share this story. Every once in a while you get an insight into the openness and acceptance that kids have for one another.

Taryn was out of town this weekend so it was me and the 2 monsters. To keep them occupied, I took them to the park on Sunday. I picked a park I thought nobody would be at so that Aiden could try and climb all over the place without other kids running over him. We played and had lunch for about an hour, just us three. Aiden was crawling all over the playground and going through the tunnels. He actually went down the slide twice by himself - big step for him.

A little later, two boys and their parents showed up. One was 8 and one 11. I thought they wouldn't want much to do with two "babies", but the 8 year old was really good with and talked to Aiden a lot.

Ethan, being the social guy he is, walked up and said "What's your name?" The boy responded "Noah". Then Ethan continued, "I'm Ethan, this is daddy and that is my brother Aiden. Be careful with him, he's my brother."

Another 10 minutes pass and I notice that both boys, but mostly Noah, are really looking at Aiden's hands. Noah asked why Aiden's fingers are so swollen. So I told him about how Aiden's hands looked when he was born and that we travel to Dallas for surgeries. He asked if they would always be so swollen or if they would one day look like his. I told him they would look less swollen, but would always look different, but that it's okay because we are all born different. He then said "I'm glad they will look better. I don't want him to have to walk around like that."

I just thought that was the sweetest thing. The kids didn't say "His hands look weird - yuck" or "His fingers are disgusting", they were so nice and genuine.

About 5 minutes later, Noah asked "Why is his index finger so crooked? I can't even get mine to do that". I explained that since his fingers were at one point all stuck together, it grew like that but that the doctors were going to fix it in a few years. He said "That's good, but it doesn't matter because he is still the cutest baby in the whole world."

And we agree :)

Summer Fun

Just a couple of days after returning from Dallas, we turned around and headed out the door once again. This time, we loaded into my parent's van and drove to our family house in Michigan. The 5 hour drive with my mom, dad, both boys and my niece Lilly was not too relaxing - but was well worth it once we got to the fresh Michigan air. Despite temperatures in the 60's!!!! and not a ray of sunshine most of the week, we all still had a great time.

Ethan absolutely loves to play outside - especially at "Poppy's House" where he can dig in the great big sand pile, go for tractor rides, play ball in the field and swim in the pool (which we finally got to do the second to last day we were there once the weather cooperated). He wore himself out playing with his cousins Katie, Brendan and Sean. So much so that he would fall asleep in the strangest of places! Once at the kitchen counter during dinner - I'm talking food in hand and mouth, head bobbing from left to right asleep. And once at the 4th of July parade - got down on the towel laid out in the street to retrieve some dropped candy and zonked out for a good 2 minutes! I've got pictures from the parade episode to prove it :)

Something we have never done in all of the 28 years that I've been going up to Michigan was go to Chuck E Cheese's. The kids really enjoyed it and heck, we had to get creative when the cool temps and lack of sunshine didn't exactly make it ideal conditions for outdoor activities all day long.

Aiden really loved it this year. Last years trip he ended up getting his first case of bronchiolitis while there and we spent July 4th 2008 at the Holland Michigan Hospital. Not fun. But this year, even with the cooler weather, he held up great! Although we didn't introduce him to the sand or pool yet. Maybe our next trip in August.

Finally - we got back to NKY on Sunday and then my mom and I took the boys to Kings Island on Monday before I finally headed home sweet home with them that afternoon.

Here are some of the pictures...enjoy!