This is the most time Jordyn and Cameron have ever spent with The Mister. In him, they found a playmate, and enjoyed dogpiling on him and getting rides on his shoulders. Jordyn (who The Mister says is a "mini me") loved bossing him around.
Was he insulting both of us?
We had a lot of fun! There was lots of laughter and tickles, some good-natured teasing and silliness. Oh, there was some bickering, and some whining, but overall, everyone was well-behaved...even The Boy. He showed amazing patience and tolerance - maybe he's growing up a bit.
Saturday morning, Shannon and I attended my writers' group while everyone else went to see Madagascar 3. We later met up at Cici's pizza with Tammy, Frank, Seth, Russ, Desi and Eli to have Eli's birthday dinner. He's SEVEN!
The next day, we went to the joint birthday party for Seth and Russ (Seth is FOUR and Russ is ONE!), and the kids had a great time bowling and playing pool. After the party, we went to The Magic House, a children's museum.
|Cousins getting to know each other: Eli (l), Cameron (r) Can you believe their both 7 this year?|
|Birthday Boy Seth (4), enjoying his lunch|
|Birthday Boy Russ (1) enjoying his cake|
|The Magic Treehouse exhibit|
|President Cameron's press conference|
|President Jordyn's press conference|
|Cameron installing a muffler|
|Jordyn and her daddy blowing big bubbles|
|Two of the biggest meerkats I've ever seen|
|The penguin choir, warming up|
|The kids with that wascally wabbit, Bugs|
|Jordyn and The Boy with Daffy|
|Shaggy and The Boy - see the resemblance?|
This, by far, was Cameron's favorite destination. He loves all kinds of vehicles. He enjoyed climbing on the huge locomotives and checking out the numerous train cars.
|I like the old timey feel of this one|
|Cameron loves trains!|
|Isn't this big?|
It was a proud moment for me. I figure I'm just a housedress and fuzzy slippers away from legendary grump status. Think Maxine of the trailer park set.
In addition to our sightseeing, Jordyn and I made banana bread together, and she read to me. I taught both kids my tortuously off-key country/western rendition of "Home on the Range" (a weapon I used to quiet a carful of unruly Brownie scouts back in the day). The kids they eagerly memorized the song during their stay. There was so much twang in their singing, I expect them to be a hit at the Grand Ole Opry.
Thursday, our company took to the road again for their return trip. It was hard not to notice how quiet it was once they left. I offered to put the kids in my pocket and keep them, but they declined my offer (and noticed that my pants had no pockets).
I'm so grateful that they came, and we all have lots of good memories to hold me until I get my hands on those sweet kids again.