Summer is coming FAST! Brenham ISD gets out of school this Friday (both of my work districts have another week). Kayci is so excited! We started talking this past weekend about what our summer days will look like, and I broke the news: we'll turn the TV off again this summer (except for rainy days and family movies on the weekend). So, yesterday Kayci did what Kayci does...she made about a bajillion signs and taped them up around the house. Most of them are a variation of "No TV allowed!"...but this one in the kitchen caught my eye. Make sure you read all of it...
(The very last thing is: Good for parents to. Then James wrote in, Aw, Man!)
I just noticed that she wrote TV on vacation. Guess she wants to make sure she gets to watch cable when we stay in hotels! That's my girl...
We had a special treat today--my cousin Marsha is in Houston for a conference, so we got to spend the afternoon with her and Grandma. We went to Kemah for the first time since Rita, and for the first time with Noble. He seemed to find the carnival atmosphere a bit overwhelming, but he LOVED the Aquarium and the fish.
As we were leaving, we walked by pony rides. The kids wanted to ride, so they did (I was shocked!). After the ride, I asked Noble what he rode: a small worse (horse). Was it fast or slow? VERY slow, he said. :)
When we got back to Grandma's, Noble took a nap & Kayci and I went swimming. Talk about a treat...what a great way to start the last week of school!
Noble and I had to run to WalMart for a few things on Friday. As soon as we turned into the parking lot, he started saying, "Wide cow! Wide cow!" You want a white cow, Bubby? "NO. Wide cow." You want a cow LIGHT? "No, MomMom. WIDE cow." I was preparing myself for one LOOOOOOOOOOONG journey through the WalMart...there's nothing like a misunderstood 2-year old. Luckily, we cleared it up right as we walked in the door.
Kayci has been asking for short hair for MONTHS, and we finally gave in. :)
This one is a little hard to see...since it's an undercut, Angela cut it one layer at a time, starting with the bottom. When she got to the top layer and let it down, Kayci busted out laughing. She said, "look, I have a mullet!!". That's our kid. :). So I tried to take a picture for her...
Here's the final result, albeit a bit windblown. Now that's a happy girl!!
I treasure the little moments with my Bubby. Not so much the moment in Starbucks this morning that had me bumming a quarter from Heather since I didn't quite have enough cash in my pocket to cover the $15 cup he broke (accidentally, of course. Personally, I was shocked at how easily that "unbreakable" cup shattered!). Such is life with Noble. But then there are times like lunch today, when he so carefully counted his tortellini (1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 5...I didn't know he could get past 3, this was a first!). Or when I sneezed, twice, and both times he sweetly said, "Bess you!" And now, while I'm distracted with this, he's climbed up on our bed and us singing "Piderman, Piderman!") at the top of his lungs.
The kids and I went to the Jr. Maifest parade this morning...something Kayci and I have enjoyed the past several years. This was the first time that Noble really "got" what was going on, and the three of us had a great time. We found a shady spot and just watched the parade go by. Here's a shot toward the end when Noble was busy watching the parade and hanging on Kayci's back, pulling her ponytail, telling her to "wook!" for "woo woos" (fire trucks & ambulances )and "bowboys" (cowboys). I can't wait for James to get to experience a parade with a 2 year old boy and his big sister tomorrow. :)
Noble dislikes riding in the car for long periods of time. (Expect tears and screaming on a trip to Houston, even.) Both kids were such troopers with 2 trips to Dallas in the past 5 days, but we did hit a bit of a rough patch yesterday.
Keep in mind, Noble almost always has a handful of something, whether it's coins, dice, cars...something. Sometimes, when he gets mad and the screaming doesn't accomplish his goal, those items will go flying. That's the bad news. The good news? He's got GREAT aim. (Half full, folks.)
So there's the background. You should also know the boy loves, loves to chew gum--and he's great about giving it back to Mommy when he's done. Usually. At one point yesterday, Noble asked for green gum. A few minutes later, I noticed that he wasn't chewing it anymore and I thought, great, we'll get to Uncle Phil's service and find gum in Noble's seat. Or...
...right as we pulled into Dallas, James found the gum. I guess Noble got mad and threw it, and got it right in the little hole in the Pilot's headrest. Good shot, Bubby!
This has nothing to do with that, but I didn't want to clog inboxes with back-to-back e-mails. Here's today's bonus shot...Friday at Aunt Mary's viewing, James took pictures of flower arrangements, etc. I don't know what made him say "yes," but he let Kayci take the camera and she WOWED us. She has a really good eye for detail, and her photos tended to be of small details instead of "scenes." Yesterday she took the camera again...I can't wait to see what she snapped!