As the countdown to the terrible twos is almost at an end, let me recount the wonderful weekend we had with Jonathan.
Said weekend actually started WITHOUT Jonathan. Bryan's mom picks him up from school one day a week and this week it was Friday. Nana just so happened to think Jonathan was having such a fun time at her house that it would be nice to continue his visit until Saturday morning. No complaints were heard at my house and Bryan and I were able to enjoy a nice dinner and cocktails with our friends Jeff and Kim, who were also sans baby. Even better was the fact that I was able to obtain almost ten hours of uninterrupted sleep. It was pure bliss!
Saturday morning we picked Jonathan up and did the usual--lunch, nap, playtime, bath. He got a birthday haircut late in the day and we went to another couple's house for dinner. Joe and Cindy are one of our best couple friends and they have two adorable little girls, Caroline who is five and Lily who will be four this fall. Cindy had a great idea to let the kids play with water balloons so Jonathan went over decked out in his water wear. None of the three kids had ever played with water balloons before, but it was definitely a hit! And, for the record, I normally do not try to make my kid look like a dork but his water shoes gave him a blister the day before so socks were a necessity last night...
Jonathan has been going over to Joe and Cindy's for dinner since before he was born, so he has always been comfortable there. We feed the kids dinner and put them to bed (Jonathan even has his own room where they keep a pack and play set up for him to sleep in) and then the adults have dinner. Last night, the girls wanted to watch a movie and eat popcorn before they went to bed. It was early enough that Jonathan was able to join in. Aren't the three of them adorable?
Today we took Jonathan to A Day Out with Thomas at the Kentucky Railway Museum in New Haven, Kentucky. It's about an hour's drive away from Louisville, requiring me to leave the house before 7:00 am this morning in order to get there in time for our 9:00 a.m train ride (the lines are really long so they say to get there an hour before departure time). Before I was a mother, I SWORE my child would not be one of those character-obsessed children who liked Thomas, Dora or the like. However, Jonathan was less than one year old when he developed a love of the Wiggles and now he is full blown into Thomas. In a frighteningly short period of time, we have accumulated a Thomas hat, t-shirt, dinnerware set, books and DVDs. This is sure to get worse over the next week as Jonathan's birthday party is July 7. One of the girls at work said she was the same way but now, post-Thomas, she says her son just gets so happy about Thomas-themed merchandise that she has gotten over her previous distate.
Here is Jonathan playing at the train tables. I was so proud of him because it was REALLY crowded and he actually did a nice job sharing:
The trip included a 25 minute train ride, which Jonathan, as I suspected, absolutely loved. Here he is in his seat before the ride started. Note the Thomas hat that he insisted I purchase pretty much the second we got out of the car:
And finally, here is a picture of Jonathan in a coal engine. It is not operational but they allowed kids to get in it with the conductor and ring the bell. It totally looks like he was up there by himself, but his cousin Aiden and Nana were up there, too:
I am completely pooped but with a million chores to do, it will be a bit before I get to bed. Stay tuned for a birthday post in honor of my favorite little guy tomorrow...
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