Wow, what a day! My husband was off today so we planned a family outing. We packed up a ton of stuff and headed up towards "the farm", where many in my family live. There is a gated community near there on the lake, which has a very nice pool and to which my brother and his family have access, along with their guests (us).
Today was the first day our sons got to swim in a real swimming pool. Woo hoo! Unfortunately, nobody remembered to bring a camera:(.
My sister, nephew and niece joined us and we really had a great time. We had bought life jackets for the boys but we only used them for about half the time we were there. They kept riding up, they were cumbersome and we were holding them the whole time so we took them off after a while.
Ben was a bit cautious at first but it didn't take him long to start enjoying himself. Nick was laughing and excited from the time we arrived until the time we left. Both boys enjoyed standing on the side of the pool and stepping in, almost like jumping but not quite. They haven't learned to jump yet.
After swimming, we went to a local hamburger place to get a bite to eat. My brother, dad (Papa) and step-mom (Mimi) joined us. The boys enjoyed seeing their Papa and Mimi. After eating, we went for a quick visit with my grandmother. My uncle (dad's brother), Aunt and cousin were there, so we were able to visit with them for a little while too, which was an added bonus.
After that, we stopped by my dad's farm and took the boys for a four-wheeler ride. They enjoyed it but, by this time they were getting verrrry tired. Nick had slept about 20 or 30 minutes on the dive to the farm and Ben had not slept at all. Normally they would have had at least a 2 to 3 hour nap by this time, so we were on borrowed time, if you know what I mean. After the four-wheeler ride, we went in for a short visit...very short, because the boys were ready to crash by this time.
The trip home is about 90 minutes long, give or take 15 minutes depending on traffic. The boys were asleep within about 10 minutes but we had to stop for gas. We were about half way home when we stopped and they never went back to sleep. We got home, fed them and put them to bed as quickly as possible.
Another opposite for the boys: When Ben gets really really tired, he walks around with little eyes that look like they are going to shut any minute, he plays quietly (normally), he is very stubborn about anything and everything, seems relieved to get into his crib and falls asleep really fast without a whimper. When Nick is really really tired, he gets wound up faster and faster, is much more volatile with his moods and gets upset over the smaller thing, is upset about having to get into his crib (which is also the case a lot of times when he has had his sleep) and he takes much longer to fall asleep than normal. When they have the amount of sleep they need, Nick normally falls asleep really fast and Ben has a harder time falling asleep.