My honey’s brother and his son came to town for a quick visit. Much like with any family that lives out-of-town, we never see them as much as we’d like to. They are only 3 hours away but work schedules and days off don’t always mesh.
This weekend the stars aligned and we were able to spend some awesome bonding time.
My nephew is 8 years old. He is incredibly close to the boys and they love having him in town.
The weekend started with them getting to show off their first baseball game of the season. Their uncle, cousin, papa and mommies were cheering wildly on the sidelines.
The next day they spent a fun, albeit cold, afternoon in the pool at the local YMCA. For little boys it’s fun just to be in the pool.
They wrapped up the afternoon with the whole family (nana, papa, uncle, cousin, uncle’s girlfriend and mommies) looking on proudly as 2 very focused little boys earned their next belt in karate. They were so proud. I mention focused because nana, papa, uncle and girlfriend walked in after the testing had started and the boys didn’t even notice! They were shocked to finish and see them sitting at the back of the room.
We celebrated at home with lots more playing and some of our favorite pizza!
I got the privilege of camping out with these 3 hooligans in the basement. They weren’t quite up for tenting outside but adored watching a movie in the basement from the comforts of their tent. They laughed and giggled and shared secrets that brothers and cousins share.
We said goodbye the following morning and sent them back 3 hours to home. They boys were sad but ready for a break.
They swam again on Saturday in that oh, so cold water and survived. We came home to some quiet time to better prepare for the graduation party we were slated to attend that afternoon.
Two nights of being up late with a cousin and rising early to still complete daily routines and requirements made for 2 very tired, mostly exhausted little boys.
We packed up and drove to the graduation party. We vowed not to stay too long because parties always stress Eli and he was tired to begin with. We watched the clock and monitored his behaviors. He started getting very silly – a sure sign that he was close to the edge of a meltdown. We said our various goodbyes, knowing there were some friends and family that didn’t understand fully why we needed to leave the party when we did. We rounded up the tired boys and got the grief we expected from them. No one fell asleep on the ride home but they did sit quietly in anger at first and then later out of complete exhaustion.
We popped popcorn and snuggled down for a quiet movie night. They asked to camp again. So, my honey grabbed her pillows and snuggled with them in the basement – much earlier to bed than the previous evenings.
Today the boys asked if they could have a “me” day – decide the events of the day. They had worked so hard and went through so much with the most positive attitudes they could muster that we said yes.
So we hung at the zoo for a bit today at the request of 2 boys. We laughed at how cute the new baby elephant is when he chases after his mama. We giggled at funny voices and phrases that we said in the car as we were leaving the zoo. We returned home to play some Wii. We ended our day snuggling on the couch reading books. It was a very relaxing, truly awesome day.
I couldn’t have been more proud of my boys this weekend. It made my heart swell to see them both so determined, so focused and so very proud of themselves. They enjoyed themselves with their cousin and laughed in ways that they only laugh when they are with family.