Friday was Henry's birthday, and we celebrated on Saturday with Grandma Paulette & Grandpa Doug as well as with Grandpa Dave, who was in town after a big, cross-country drive. Henry's been with us for 5 and a half months, and he's now 2 years old. Hard to think about the idea that this was his first birthday that celebrated him. And even after he saw what a birthday party is about with Lydia, he still didn't get the concept that even though the routine of the day was different, that it was still, in fact, all about him. Once he saw what was inside his wrapped presents, he started to get excited, and he and the two other kids had lots of fun playing with his new gifts.
Getting back to Grandpa Dave, he surprised the kids by not even stopping in the house, but heading straight for the back yard where they were playing on the new play set. And with this weekend's weather, it was a great day to be out. (It was also a great day for my buddy, Josh, and me to hack apart that old hot tub and load it up for the landfill!)
It's been well documented that the kids enjoy playing in the pantry. It's also been well documented that they like to sneak upstairs and get their "buddies" and then suck their thumbs/fingers, which under normal circumstances is only allowed at nap time and bed time. We found this in the pantry the other day.
On Friday evening, Jenn went out for a Craft Night with her lady friends while I took the kids back to the Clinic to putz around, move some logs, and kill time before going to Retro Dog for dinner. They were really good, Lincoln moved lots of pounds-worth of logs (much more than I expected he might!), and then we all went for hot dogs, french fries and a stawberry milkshake!
Finally, Henry loves the present that Jenn picked out for him: this little red wagon. It's small enough for him to pull it around the house, and he loves pulling things and pushing things: dogs on strings, lawn mowers, shopping carts, etc. We had the wagon sitting in the library before his birthday party, thinking that because the kids are rarely even over that way that he wouldn't see it. Well... while I was washing dishes and Jenn was prepping food, guess who came into the kitchen pulling a little red wagon? It was pretty funny. At least we knew he liked it! And then this morning, as we all were getting ready for church, this is where we found him.