Two days after our arrival to Iowa.
Son: Mommy, in twelve days we’re going back to Texas.
Me: No, we’re actually going back in five days.
Me: Because we are only staying here for one week.
Son: I want to stay here.
Son: Because Mimi loves me and I don’t want to leave.
Me & Mimi (my mother) in unison: Awww.
Mimi goes in for a hug with him.
Mimi (to me): That’d better make it into your blog.
Have there been some bumps in the road? Over the top meltdowns? At least one ear infection and doctor’s visit?
Naturally. Murphy wasn’t totally done with me yet.
Has this been a fun, enjoyable and amazing trip so far, even though I’m solo parenting?
Much to my surprise, it’s been one of my favorites.
Have I gone absolutely camera crazy and thanks to mother nature providing perfect light upon many occasions, captured an unfathomable amount of the beautiful, the hilarious, and the heart warming moments I hope my children look back on when they are grandparents?
Here are some of my favorite moments so far. Yes, it was almost impossible to narrow down the photos I used… (click on collage to see larger view).
A lot of those included the “first hugs” and greetings of the trip. Also: rocket shooting, tunnel “echoing”, and other bonding time with the family. Priceless.
The Tackler learned to play Trouble, and quickly became addicted. Lil Diva shows off her newly acquired Yo-Yo skills, just prior to the Great Yo-Yo Meltdown, and cackles in delight over Auntie K’s grand collection of puppy photos. Both children participate in a “duet” of sorts on Mimi’s piano.
Some lessons might be required.
Lil Diva defies gravity thanks to my brother, gets a welcome kiss from G-ma, races after her brother (in the background) on the playground and also basks in the glow of six adults bathing her in their simultaneous attention. The Tackler loves the “new” playgrounds and G-pa “rides” the toy ATV.
My favorite photo is guaranteed to make you smile:
Some days walking a few blocks is too much, but for my kids, G-pa tried the toy ATV, the swing, the crocodile with G-ma, and even the curly slide.
Proof of the power of (great) grandchildren – they are the true fountain of youth.
For those small moments alone, this trip was worth it.
Happy Monday all!
Have you noticed someone unexpectedly “regressing to childhood” around your children?