Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Where a Kid Can Be a Kid and Not Break Anything

Yesterday, the kids and I made the long trip to Birmingham to visit with my aunt. It had been a long time since I had been to her house, and the kids had never been. It has also been a long time since my aunt has had little kids in her house. Or I should say, little kids like mine. She has her granddaughter there all the time. But one 2 year old little girl is no match for a 2 year old rambunctious Grayson and a not-so-graceful 6 year old Abby. She has a lot of breakable things. A lot. And they are all significant in some way, like her great-great-great-great grandmother brought them over on the Mayflower or something.

I am happy to report that, to my knowledge, nothing was broken while we were there. I am quite sure that she will be finding things in odd places for many days to come, but they should all be in one piece.July2010 041

Abby read to cousin Callie.

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Grayson rode Callie’s rocking horse dangerously close to the before mentioned breakables.

And then I tried to get a picture of all three cousins together. You can imagine how well that went.

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Attempt #1…Gray is the only one looking at the camera…

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Attempt #2…Grayson is still smiling, but no longer looking at the camera. Abby is looking at the camera but has her hand in her mouth, and Callie is looking at her feet. Let’s try this one more time…

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Attempt #3… Third time is definitely not a charm. Oh well, sometimes you just have to take what you can get.

After all the fun with the breakables and picture taking, it was time to eat lunch. We took the kids to eat where a kid can be a kid. Yes, we braved the Chuck E. Cheese. With 3 kids and only 2 adults. Zone defense, baby.

Neither of my kids had ever been to the Cheese, so they really had no idea what to expect. To say they were immediately taken in and slightly overwhelmed would be an understatement.

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This was Grayson’s expression the entire time we ate our pizza. I’m not sure he blinked at all. There was just too much to take in.

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This is Abby sulking because she couldn’t go play before we ate. I’m such a mean momma.

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Grayson made a new friend. This is where most of his tokens went. He liked riding the train with Barney. I also discovered that he has a talent for knocking down rubber ducks with a mechanical arm. I’m not really sure how that will translate into real life, but I’m working on it.

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Abby spread her tokens around pretty evenly. She really liked this Kentucky Derby game, and girlfriend can rock it on Whack-A-Mole. She’s got mad skills.

We had a really awesome time visiting with family, and Chuck E. Cheese wore the kids out so much that they slept the entire way home. That is really my one goal for the summer: wear them out so they will take a nap every single day. So far, so good.

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