Jonathan is spending another week with my parents. I came back from WV on Monday but he stayed and will be there through Sunday. I miss him like crazy, but I must admit, it IS nice to get up and leisurely watch the Today show and drink a cup of coffee. In fact, today I got up earlier than necessary just for that purpose.
On Sunday, while we were hanging out with my mom ("Grams" to Jonathan), Jonathan became infatuated with this pumpkin ball mom had laying around the house. For reasons known only to a two-year-old, he thought it was the best toy ever, even more so than the new tunnel/tent/playhouse I got him last week at Costco that had its first real unveiling at my parents' house. His attachment to the ball is obvious in the pictures I've posted below.
This is the one good picture I was able to get in the new toy as, by design, Jonathan wouldn't really hold still for photographs:
And here is my little man sitting on the front steps, looking all too proud of himself:
The ball was with him as he explored the shrubbery...
...and as he petted Mom's metal chihuahua lawn sculpture.
Maybe the ball was like a magic wand because he really seemed to pose while holding it.
Shortly after these pictures were taken, my dad and Jonathan started playing with rocks, some spare drainage piping and dirt. Let's just say that his lovely white shirt was not so white anymore. I cringed a bit but they were having such a good time that I had to let it go. But, really, could someone explain to me why children get dirtier the more expensive their clothing?