As is our tradition around here, we’ve gone and found ourselves running behind yet again. This time it really wasn’t our fault! We had a birthday party to prepare for and a software update that made it tough to get our photos uploaded and a squid took over our living room and leave me alone because I’m sick. We’ll see what we can do about catching up now that things are (somewhat) calmer.
Two weeks ago, we started seeing Halloween decorations during our evening walks and thought Max would enjoy working on some craft projects. During a visit to the store, I picked up some fabric and string and some styrofoam balls and we were well on our way.
Christy also picked up a kit for him so we could finally make use of one of the pumpkins we picked up.
The week itself was pretty calm, owing to the fact that we spent much of it preparing ourselves for our planned trip to see Emma on her birthday. Bags were packed, cars were loaded, video screens were set up, and a very large bucket of toys was strategically placed.
The boys were mercifully reasonable throughout the drive, despite being stuck in their seats for 7 hours. I guess we’re just lucky. When morning came, we discussed whether we should go to the aquarium or the beach.
We were a little worried that the beach would be kind of tough on the little guy, since he can’t exactly build sand castles yet and we didn’t want him crawling all over the sand.
Afterward, we managed to get a decent photo of most of the cousins.
Shortly after that, we headed out to Emma’s birthday party, which (predictably enough) included several bounce houses.
The party unfortunately came to a close with an unexpected injury to Emma. As follower’s of her blog already know, she wound up with a minor fracture in her arm, which is now covered in an appropriately pink cast. Here’s hoping she heals quickly and is back to causing trouble soon. She’s a tough kid, so it didn’t take much to get her out and moving again.
While they were driving around, I managed to get someone in a good mood, which gave us some hope that she might cooperate for another group photo.
Sadly, after all the fun we had to start the trip back home. Thankfully Nan and Papa were kind enough to give us a room for the evening (and some babysitting service), so we were able to split things up a little. The first leg was uneventful, save for a stop at a fairly popular rest stop with a buck-toothed rodent on their sign. It started simply, we’d just get Max a little stuffed animal and if Owen showed some interest we’d do the same thing for him.
Pretty good week, I’d say. If you want to see the rest of the photos from the trip, you can click here. We’ll see what we can do about getting another post up this week to catch things back up.