Terrific Toddler: Best Day Ever

Today is day two of Charlie R. coming to my home to hangout this week. We had so much fun. It was one of those best day ever kind of days.

For lunch I made salmon. Charlie R. ate a few bites but he really was not in the mood for it. Next we went to a baby food pouch and a peanut butter sandwich, no crust. That went over much better with some milk to drink.

We had some playtime with measuring cups and a spatula scraper. That lasted about an hour as he walked around tossing the items and picking them over and over again. Once in a while he was distracted by a little musical truck but he loved those measuring cups and spatula more, returning to them quickly. IMG_8461

When Charlie R. gets tired he climbs into my lap. Well, in and out of my lap, over to the right side and back to the left, finally settling in to being sung to until eventually falling asleep. And today, he took his best nap ever. Two hours and about twenty minutes of a nap made him the happiest boy ever.

My happy boy woke up ever so gently. He greeted me with the biggest smile on his face. He cuddled for a few minutes in the big chair as Janie Belle, the big black Labrador, came round to check on him, sniffing toes and nudging his little legs to get down and play.

A diaper change, a drink of water followed by taking the doggies outside to romp in the wet grass, Charlie R. and I sat in the chair to watch them play while he ate his snack. 

When his hands were free and his mouth satisfied, Charlie R. turned to the puddles of water that had formed on the table from the earlier rainfall. Sitting there for a few minutes, he splashed and wiped the water around with his hands and that great big smile. He swished through the water until it was all but evaporated. Just a couple of light streaks were left from the larger spots from which he began. FullSizeRender

Time was up. We had to move on. Charlie R.’s mommy and daddy were waiting. And Charlie R. needed to go meet and greet some of his biggest fans. 

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We are getting ready for Sunday

It has been a great week. My little Charlie R. is back in town. After spending three weeks with his family on holiday to France he was a little sad to have to be watched by the Granny Nanny. But it only took one day and we got back into a groove even though he is really walking around now, feeling much more independent as a one year old.

His brother is also grown much since his first European holiday. He seemed happy to know I had been watching out for him in the family photos that were posted online. He begins school next week so these last few days with the brothers together are truly precious. 

Today the Honey-do has been a huge help in getting the spare room reorganized. We had a few things to finish moving around to make way a special visitor. Honey-do also gassed up the vehicles and took our elliptical down to the box while I listed it for sale on CraigsList.com. (Thank you Coach Ryan for helping unload it! Thank you Coach Charles for letting me stash it at Guns Out CrossFit until it sells.) That was the last big thing to move out of the way.

Honey-do ran to pick up the few fresh things we need to get through the weekend after helping with the meal planning. Now the weekend meals are prepped with extra to last us through Tuesday.

All that is left is to finish is a load of laundry and fold the clothes so they can be put away. 

And there you have it. Saturday is a special day. It’s the day we get ready for Sunday. 

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Hand that boy a tin cup!

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All this little guy needs is a tin cup to rake across the bars. 

I cannot believe how much he is changing. This past week he began walking seven, then eight steps consecutively. 

He is my little doll baby except that he eats real food and I have to change real diapers. 

Love my Charlie R. and his big brother, Ashton. 

Bon Voyage! See you soon! 

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