Monday, July 8, 2013

A Pretty Perfect Weekend

I usually don't have the Monday blues.  Probably because I don't work outside of the home, and weekends and weekdays are all basically the same for me.  James likes to enjoy his leisure time on the weekends, and we always have this little problem of not thinking of fun things to do, so our weekends seem to go by mostly uneventfully.  Well, this weekend was a pretty amazing one filled with lots of family fun.  We had the idea to go to a small local water park on Friday with both boys but after naps we still didn't quite feel recovered enough from the fourth.  So James thought it would be fun to just rest up some more and take Ben to the drive thru that night.  But before I dropped Jackson off with my parents for the night, he and I enjoyed a little solo park time.  We discovered this dog park a couple weeks ago and Jacky loves dogs.  He points and grunts at every dog he sees.  There was only a couple dogs there this time but we got to get up close and comfortable with a lab called Captain.
At about 7:30 we headed to my parents and luckily Ben fell promptly asleep and didn't wake up till the movie was about to start at nine.  We set up our twin air mattress and were oh so comfy.  We have decided its the only way to go to the movies from here on.  We even lasted for the double feature: Despicable Me 2 and The Lone Ranger.  Ben even lasted half way through The Lone Ranger; we're talking past midnight.  Crazy guy, or I guess crazy mommy and daddy (it's summer people).  James and I didn't get to sleep until 3 am that night but it was a very fun night.
James actually woke up the next morning at 7 am to help his dad and brother completely clean out their garage.  Don't worry he got a couple hour nap in later that day.  I on the other hand snoozed till about ten.  Finally around four we headed to the water park for two hours of swimming with Ben.  He surprised us both by actually swimming small distances solo.  I always have him in a life jacket, so I didn't know he could do that.  Especially because we haven't gotten around to starting his lessons yet this summer.  We took him to this water park on his first birthday and hadn't been back since.  Cannot believe that was over four years ago.
My new favorite pictures (above and below) of us! 
We had an hour to kill before a family event so headed to the driving range for the very first time with Ben.  In the garage clean up the boys found the clubs that James and I had purchased for my then six-year-old brother-in-law (that'a a lot of hyphens) about eleven years ago.  They are almost the perfect size for Ben.  James was an amazing teacher and it was seriously the best thing I've seen in a long time.  A total glimpse into the future with James coaching his boys on sports he loves.  Ben did amazing, was a perfect little student, and hit a few really nice balls and putted a beauty.

I really felt like Ben needed the alone time with mommy and daddy and saw a big difference in his behavior.  He does tend to get jealous of Jackson in the sense that he wants all the same attention that we give Jackson.  He wants to be thrown or carried sometimes just like Jackson; to which I usually tell him he's too big or heavy.  And sometimes if I tell Jackson he's the cutest or something like that, Ben will say something like, "you don't think I'm cute?!"  Typical jealousy issues.  I could tell he soaked up every minute he had with us all to himself, and need to make this a priority.  I already have a trip planned for just Ben and I to Six Flags, Discovery Kingdom soon!  We were all very happy to reunite with our Jacky bears on Saturday evening though and enjoyed the rest of our weekend together as a family of four.

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