We had a bittersweet weekend. Saturday we were able to spend lots of time with Uncle Mathias. He left Sunday to move to Texas (with a 6 month layover in New Mexico for training) to start work for the Border Patrol. He even graduated a couple weeks early with his Law Enforcement degree to do so. We are all so proud of him but really sad that he’s moving so far away. We have borders here in Minnesota! Just kidding. Anyway, Saturday we had lunch with Gramme and Uncle Mathias at Gramme’s house. A couple weeks ago Mathias requested lasagna so Gramme made a super yummy one for us. After lunch Mathias, Kris and I relaxed in the living room chatting while Gramme chased the kids around the house. Pretty soon Reba (Gramme’s dog) needed to go outside so Gramme and the kids all went out for a walk with Reba. The afternoon went so fast and before I knew it we packed up to head home. The kids needed naps before the evening festivities began and Mathias had chores to do (wash clothes, pack, etc.) as well. Man, were there tears from Gramme when she had to say good-bye to Mathias. I cried too even though I knew I was going to get to see him again in a couple hours.
That night the kids and I went to dinner with Grandpa and Marcia, Krystle and Pierce. Kris was headed out that night to help coach the Vixen. (He’s going to be in the box each home game this season scouting the other team’s defense to help the Vixen offense and also giving our offense the down and distance for each play. I think he’s really looking forward to it.) Both kids were super excited to see Grandpa and Marcia (and Krystle and Pierce too but we got there before them). Annika sat right beside Grandpa and James was on the end of the table away from everyone. That didn’t last long before he got impatient at being all by himself and was hoisted out and onto Grandpa’s lap until our appetizer came. I got some really good pictures of the kids with Mathias and Krystle and I with Mathias. Now that I think of it, I didn’t get one of Mom with Mathias or Dad with Mathias. OR any sort of family picture either. Rats!! We will definitely have to do that when Mathias comes back home for a visit. At the end of dinner I think we all stalled for a while. Nobody wanted to make the first move of saying good-bye. We made it to the parking lot and my vehicle (closest to the door) and then I went in for a hug. And broke down. I was just so sad to see him go. Next was Krystle and she cried even harder than I did (big surprise! hee hee). Dad didn’t cry but that’s because Mathias was staying at his house that night and he was driving him to the airport the next morning. Lucky duck.
Sunday was a very busy day at our house. That was good because I only watched the clock twice then (once when Mathias should have been boarding at the the airport and once when he should have been landing in El Paso. Still very sad. But like I said, I kept busy. First in the morning Annika and I made at trip to Lowe’s to look at garden supplies. We ended up with two yellow bell pepper plants for the garden. Annika likes going to Lowe’s. She always wants to touch and look at all the water fountains. When we got home there was lots of garden work to be done. We planted a green bell pepper, two red bell pepper, 9 broccoli and 2 tomato plants in our garden. They were overtaking our kitchen window and growing out of their pots. And since it’s supposed to be relatively mild (no frost at least) all week we decided to risk it. Then I transplanted the yellow pepper plants we purchased and some string bean plants we grew from seeds into the now vacant pots so we can start a second wave of kitchen garden. The kids had a great time playing outside. At one point Annika took off her shoes and walked, in her socks, through the garden. Sometimes I swear I don’t know what goes through her head. James was having fun digging in the garden, in his soggy sandbox and in the water puddle from the garden hose. He just loves getting into anything that can get him dirty. After lunch the kids and I went to the park across the street from our house. Annika rode her bike there and then proceeded to ride her bike around and around and around the tennis court. At least it was good practice for her but I was getting dizzy walking after her the whole time. She’s still a little nervous on her bike and wants me nearby. She really liked it though when Jamesy would chase after her. When she wasn’t riding her bike she was climbing all over the playground. The slide there is a fast one and she likes going down it on her belly. I made her always go feet first though because I didn’t want her landing with her arms first and risk hurting her fractured wrist again. Jamesy just sat in the pea rock sifting it through his fingers or throwing it. I tried telling him over and over again not to throw the rocks or to take him away from the rocks when he threw them, etc but since he’s only 15 months (today!) that really did no good. Ah well, he’ll learn. When Krystle got home from work she came out of her house and joined us at the park (her house backs up to it). When I pointed out Krystle and Pierce to Annika, Annika took off sprinting across the park and flung herself in Auntie Krystle’s arms. Quite the greeting! She did the same to Kris when he came over a few minutes later. I left the kids at the park with Kris and headed home to change. Krystle and I had an Archiver’s trip to make! Krystle was looking for some new home embellishments for her townhouse scrapbook. Archiver’s didn’t have the best assortment. Boo! While we were gone Kris took the kids for a bike ride. Lucky kids! When Krystle dropped me off back at home I walked inside to find the place deserted. I should have known to immediately look out back. Yep, Kris and the kids were at the neighbors. I hope Jeff and Maria don’t mind having us over all the time! Annika absolutely loves playing with their son Ryan. Erin is a little young to get in on too much of the action but I’m sure in no time she’ll be right in the mix. Annika and Ryan decided they needed to find Diego. So they both dressed up – Ryan as Diego and Annika as a princess (surprise!). She had on a purple tiara, 1 earring, a wand and purple shoes. Oh, and she demanded I call her Princess Nika. And Ryan was Diego Ryan. And they spent the majority of the evening looking for Diego. Outside, behind the chairs, upstairs, downstairs, etc. Diego was really missing. And for the first time, Jamesy took an interest in the other kids. At dinner (they invited us to stay for dinner – wasn’t that nice!) as soon the last other child had left the table Jamesy wanted out of his chair so he could go after them. And when they went outside he demanded that he go outside too. As Annika and Ryan took off running in the grass, Jamesy made his way after them and then followed them for a little bit, until he was distracted by something else to do. After dinner Jeff mentioned that Kris should get his guitar so they could play some Guitar Hero together. I don’t think Jeff had finished the sentence and Kris was out the door and sprinting across the backyard. Kidding. But Jeff didn’t have to ask twice! It was pretty cute watching the boys play together.
Tonight was another great night. After Kris left for work the kids and I headed outside to play. Annika and I played hopscotch on the driveway. Until Jamesy stole our rocks that is. Then Jamesy ran in circles with Nika chasing him. Oh the giggles! Then we went to the backyard to water the garden. While I did that Annika looked forlornly at Ryan playing in his backyard. Earlier she had seen him outside and jumped up and down in the dining room yelling “Ryan’s outside! Ryan’s outside! I see him!” Maria and Ryan walked over to check out the garden and visit. But somehow we ended up at their house again. Oh, yeah, this time it was because Jamesy took off across the backyard and beelined it for their patio. Apparently they have better toys or something. We played there until it was time for them to eat dinner. Then the kids and I walked to a nearby park. Once again Jamesy found a little girl to follow him around and mother him. That boy is a chick magnet! Jamesy had an excellent time though. This was a toddler/preschool playground so he could climb up and around and over everything. He would climb up all by himself and sit down at the top of the slide and slide down all by himself, Wwwwhhhhhheeeeeeeiiiiinnnnnggggg the whole way down. Over and over again. He even went down on his butt and his belly. He had a good time. As did Annika but she got a little bored on the “little” playground and wanted to go on the bigger one nearby. I told her she had to stay by me. That bigger one is for elementary and middle school students and with her being one handed right now, I didn’t want her on it without direct supervision. She was little bummed but had fun playing anyway. Especially when other girls her age came to play by her.
Tigger is back home living with us while Mathias is at training. No pets allowed there. As soon as Mathias is settled in El Paso or along the NM border we’ll bring Tigger back to him. Tigger is not happy at all to be back. He’s spitting, hissing, howling and now confined to the basement until he calms down. Annika has asked repeatedly to not let Tigger bite her again. We’ll keep an eye on him to make sure he’s good. I was down there tonight petting him and he was fine. Once I brought him upstairs though he started hissing again so back down he went. Maybe he’ll calm down. If not, maybe we can get him some kitty prozac for his stay here.
Jamesy has started throwing tantrums. If something doesn’t go his way he’ll fling himself backwards (no matter where he is – he’s going to hurt himself pretty soon!), and then cry and kick his feet on the floor. I’ll leave him where he is (i.e. he’s in living room so I go to kitchen) and as soon as he sees that I’ve gone he stops, gets up and walks over to where I am and then flings himself back down to cry and tantrum all over again. Punk. Good thing he’s adorable.