This week we went to a playdate hosted by our friend, Maisy. The idea was to construct a city or fort or tunnel or whatever out of a bunch of cardboard boxes. However, the kids mostly concentrated on painting the boxes instead, which was just as fun.
These two look like mad scientists:
Henry took a break from painting to ride Thomas for a bit:
My little Hulk:
Artists at work:
Afterward Maisy filled up the baby pool and Henry got at least clean enough to ride home without destroying his carseat.
Later in the week we went to a pumpkin decorating party. I bought a big pumpkin from the grocery store and brought markers and stickers for Henry to go to town with. I thought I was being clever, avoiding a huge mess… but of course Henry immediately commandeered paint and glitter glue from the other kids.
Henry gave plenty of unsolicited help to his friends:
Gobs of paint and glitter glue, plus one feather and one googly eye later… voila! Henry’s Halloween masterpiece:
Speaking of Halloween decor, I made a fun green monster wreath out of a million yards of tulle, infested our already-scary shutters with giant black spiders, and added pumpkin and ghost stake lights to our front walkway. We’re officially ready for Halloween!
Here are some random photos (and poor quality cell phone pics) from the rest of our month of August.
I love this photo my friend, Amie, took of Henry resting under a picnic table at his birthday pool party:
Henry loves to paint and loves airplanes, so when one of his buddies gave him a wooden airplane kit for his birthday, it was a hit!
Henry and I came down with a cold, so we stayed couchbound for a few days, snuggling and watching movies:
And, to be honest, even when we were well, we still enjoyed plenty of couch snuggles:
One rainy day we made chocolate chip cookies. The recipe measurements were very approximate after many unauthorized tastings along the way, but the cookies still turned out delicious!
Another rainy day we set up the pack & play as a ball pit in our living room:
We ate a lunch picnic on a bench at Sunken Gardens:
Henry and his BFF, Sabrina, took a romantic stroll:
Henry rode a whale in Gulfport’s playground:
August was a fun month!
A few weeks ago Henry and I spent a morning at a local farm/riding stable/petting zoo/wild animal rescue place called Horsepower for Kids. I didn’t think Henry would be interested in riding the ponies, but I knew he’d love seeing and petting lots of different animals.
This baby pig walked out of his pen, made a beeline for Henry’s lap, and made himself right at home!
After snuggling with the piglet for as long as he could sit still, Henry passed a rigorous inspection by a miniature horse:
Then he lost a staring contest with a rather large bunny:
So he plopped down on the ground to commiserate with a friendly tortoise:
Henry found a kindred spirit in this sweet and silly goat:
But he didn’t really appreciate this sheep’s oily fleece:
Henry’s favorite animal was a lazy barn cat who didn’t seem to mind a few tight squeezes:
Finally, he insisted he wanted to ride this pony named Chip. I was skeptical and Henry started the ride with a death-grip on my hand:
But he quickly became comfortable enough to hold onto the saddle horn and insist, “Come on, Chip! Let’s go!” when the pony had the audacity to slow down for a nibble of grass!
We had a great time!
A little late, but here are some more photos of our visit with Grammy, Pops, and Uncle Michael during Henry’s birthday weekend last month.
Chasing bubbles on the deck:
Full-contact peek-a-boo with Uncle Michael:
Catching grasshoppers with Grammy, who will actually touch these terrifying creatures:
Pretending to be a true Alabama hayseed:
Hanging with Pops:
Showing off his spiffy new trike that Grandpa and Bubbie sent:
And of course catching our neighbor’s chicken, Fluffy, before we’ve even changed out of jammies for the day:
A weekend in the life of my favorite two year-old!
The Saturday after Henry’s actual birthday (which was on a Thursday) we rented a shady spot at the St. Pete Beach Pool and invited some friends to help us celebrate Henry turning two!
The pool made for such an easy party– no need to decorate or plan entertaining games. All I had to do was cut up some fruit, make some sandwiches, and pile up some donuts as the cake. Luckily for me; Grammy, Pops, and Uncle Michael came to town and let me put them right to work as my labor force.
The weather was sunny and hot, so we cooled off in the pool for a while.
The we sang “Happy Birthday” so Henry could blow out his candles and we could all dig into the donuts.
Then we splashed some more.
And ate some more.
Henry took some snuggly rests with Mama (and blew out his candles several more times).
It was such an easy, stress-free, fun little party!
It’s hard to believe my
baby big boy is two!
On August 1st, Henry turned TWO!
Every age and developmental stage he reaches is always my new favorite and this one is no exception. His imagination is blossoming– constantly pretending he’s a dog (“woof, woof”) or a snake (“ssssss”) or a crane (“Henry moving heavy stuff!”).
Henry loves sitting in our laps to read books. He has memorized several of his favorites and can now “read” to us too.
We listen to music all the time and Henry loves to sing and drum along to the beat.
He still loves playing outside from sunup to sundown (unless it’s thundering), fearlessly picking up any insect, lizard, frog, or other critter he finds. When it’s time to release them, he tells them to, “Go home to see daddy and mama. And eat breakfast.”
One of the best things about being Henry’s mama is that I get to choose every day– every moment, actually– to be compassionate and fun and affectionate and encouraging and really present. Henry truly inspires me to be the best version of myself. He fills my heart and satisfies my soul.
Happy Birthday, little love.