Yesterday the boys and I went to the farm to see Mimi and Papa. It was a beautiful 73ish degrees and a bright sunny day and we had a wonderful time enjoying the beautiful weather....the calm before the storm.
We went out with Papa in his truck to feed the cows. The boys watched, wide eyed, while Papa lowered the big fork thing on the back of his truck, backed into the very large bale of hay and then raised it up onto the back of the truck. They enjoyed taking turns lowering the hay for the cows and sitting on Papa's lap so they could steer the truck through the pasture.
They also got to help feed the ducks on Papa's pond and then he took them each for a ride on the 4-wheeler. The boys and I also enjoyed throwing rocks into the creek. Loads of fun was had by all.
This morning we went to the aquarium. For the first time, we got to see one of the beavers and the otters. We were there during feeding time so they were all out and busy, including the raccoons. The boys also enjoyed petting the sting rays and the sharks.
We had a lot of fun but I am now ready to stay home for a day. Can you tell I am a bit of a homebody? This comes after many years of doing lots of traveling though so I think I have earned it:).
Overall, things are going very smoothly around here these days. Behavior has been good and potty training is going pretty well. Nick has been waking up way to early lately but he is pretty good about climbing into bed with me and hanging out for a bit while I watch or listen to a little news. He pets Dancer and talks a lot but he is pretty good about letting me take a bit of time to wake up. On the other hand, Ben is sleeping in these days and is taking longer naps than Nick too. I am wondering if he is in another growth spurt.
We have moved the recliner back into the boys' bedroom and are sitting with them until they fall asleep again. I think we both decided it was just easier and less contentious to do it this way. I actually enjoy it most of the time. At nap time, I let them each pick out one book to take upstairs and I read it to them while they are lying in bed. At night time, we are still doing our normal routine.
Both boys continue to be wonderful eaters and will eat just about anything. The only thing I can think of that they definitely do not like is cucumbers. I was actually really surprised that they did not like them because they like pretty much all veggies and fruits that they have tried.