Tuesday, July 19, 2011

New Thing #15: Family time al fresco

I am so glad Daddy decided to take this week off of work. I really wish I could give him a fabulous vacation somewhere to show him how much we appreciate all that he does for us and how hard he works, but it just isn't in the cards for us this year. Maybe next year. For now, his staycation will have to do.

Having him home has been fantastic. It is so nice to have the entire day together as a family instead of a few hours at night. I suppose you could make the argument that because he works all the time we appreciate when he's not working, but if we won the lottery and were able to do this more often I certainly wouldn't complain.

This morning Daddy was working on some new music. When LP2 awoke from his nap we had an impromptu family dance party in the basement. Daddy played us what he had been working on and alternated between dancing with the LP and singing for us. At one point I was spinning around and dancing while holding both LP. I am either very out of shape or it was a great workout (maybe a little of both)! At the end we were all a little breathless but definitely happy. LP1 was kickin' it on our makeshift dancefloor, taking her turn on the mic and leaping about. LP2 danced with us and bounced on the couch. I love these little family moments. I also love seeing how much the LP respond to music. I think that like Daddy, it is in their souls. We've got a family band in the making one day.

In continuing with our family theme today, we headed over to see Auntie S, Uncle J and cousins B and C. We haven't had a chance to see them in what feels like forever due to a whole bunch of reasons, so it was really nice to find some time today to hang with them. Cousins B and C were as excited to see the LP as the LP were to see them. The cousins are now 4 and 5 years old and fully-fledged "big kids". The LP really look up to them and enjoy being with them, especially because their cousins are so good to them. I have a feeling all four of them are going to cause Auntie S, Uncle J, Daddy and myself some grey hairs when they are older.

After a delicious lunch on the patio we all changed into our swimsuits and hit the pool. Auntie S and Uncle J have a large in-ground pool in the backyard. As it was once again hotter than the Sahara out, the water was a welcome reprieve from the heat.
Last one in is...the last one to cool off!

It was so nice to spend an afternoon in the water. The cousins wore Daddy out, jumping and splashing and playing games together. LP2 was happy to splash around with me and his auntie. LP1 didn't want to come out. She played with Daddy, with her auntie and uncle and especially with cousin C. We were all having a great time goofing around, chatting and joking with one another. This was the first time all four of us went swimming in Auntie S and Uncle J's pool together and to make a bad pun...it went swimmingly.

What is better than stretching out in a chair poolside? Having Auntie S bring you a cold beverage to enjoy while you are doing it!

LP2 eventually had enough and was ready for a bit of a catnap. LP1, on the other hand, absolutely did not want to get out of the water. I had to bribe her with one of LP2's baby cookies to get her to come out so we could go home. I know both of them could have stayed all day but the nice thing about visiting family is that you can always come back! 

We headed home with wet hair and happy hearts, thoroughly tired after our day in the sun.

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