Sunday, March 9, 2008

Hands-On Daddy

Steve needs a daddy break. We weren't able to go church together today so he stayed home with the boys while I went. He made them homemade pancakes and took them to the burger store, park, and ABC Warehouse. While I was walking in the door, AA had "flowered" his pants. Steve turned to me and said "I'm done!" and went to lie down.

To be fair, he also had them all afternoon yesterday. My sister and I went to a Women's Expo together and then out for dinner. We realized that it was the first time EVER that just the two of us had ever done dinner together. Pretty strange since I am 30-something and she is 40-something. I gathered MANY pamphlets from various women's health booths so that whatever diagnosis comes down this week (hopefully this week, ultrasound couldn't get scheduled until a week from Friday), I have a pamphlet to cover it. I have a tendency to over-read about things. We also managed to get LOST in the parking ramp (that I have been to MANY times in the last 5 years) .

While we were at the Expo, Steve took the kids to Playworld. It's basically an indoor playplace and the kids can run around crazy as much as they want. Here is a picture of our kids with Deb's girls and Mary's two (before the baby) last fall for Hannah's birthday party. Notice Noah, of course, trying to control which way his brother is looking.

In the morning, we took AA to his first Symphony concert. The Grand Rapids Symphony puts on concerts for kids ages 3-6 for $5 a piece. His reaction to seeing the instruments was priceless.

I don't know why this is his reaction to many loud noises, but it was also his reaction to the cicadas last summer.

I think I've shown that picture before, but I love it so I put it on again.

After the concert, we were going to go to lunch but we were by the hospital in which both boys were born and it's being torn down since a new one was built. Steve wanted to know if it was an empty lot yet so we drove by. They were actively knocking down, so we parked and watched it for 15 minutes or so. I think the boys (including Steve) enjoyed demolition better than the symphony.

I was amazed at how many people stopped and took pictures while we were sitting there. I am kind of sentimental about stuff like that and I am kind of sad that the hospital where they were born is being ripped down.

Oh, and of course we had to visit the Easter Bunny at the mall while we there buying Daddy's birthday present.

AA loves characters that wander around while I had to bribe Noah to sit on his lap. "It's just a guy in a suit, Mom."

So after a busy weekend, Steve is getting his break. I can't take any credit however, because I am cheating. The boys are presently watching "Milo and Otis" and I am blogging. I think we're all getting a break. I am not sure what we will do the rest of the day, but I imagine it will involve not leaving the house. I have to teach tonight and ONCE AGAIN, poor Steve will have to put the kids to bed by himself.

I am lucky that Steve is such a hands-on dad. I know he will do whatever he needs to do for the kids and I am blessed for that. Next weekend is his birthday so I will make up for this weekend by letting him call the shots. After all, even if it's only for a couple of months) he's going to be TWO YEARS OLDER than me, the Gramps of the house (hee hee hee)

Have a great Sunday.


Summer said...

Just up the road from us a huge rock quarry has been turned into a lake and had buildings constructed all around. We spent some time parked on the side of the road watching the excavators this past summer. The boys can't get enough of all tings construction

Hillary said...

Aww! What a great dad!

Childlife said...

Love that picture of Aaron and the cicadas - LOL!

Sounds like your guy is quite the keeper! Mine had a long weekend of Daddy duty too and is about all in as well.

Tell 'Gramps' happy early birthday from our place! :D

KC said...

Sounds like a great weekend for everyone.. I love the easter bunny pic.. I need to have the kids pic done like that.. I never remember to do it.. unless I just stumble upon the bunny himself.
Glad you had some time with your sister..

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

I wondered what you guys were up to over the weekend. Tried to call you on Saturday (I keep forgetting that Steve has a phone now too!) - but it's probably a good thing you didn't answer since we got Abby's strep diagnosis later that afternoon. The girls wanted you guys to come over though (and even helped 'clean' the house) - we'll have to have your boys over to play soon. :)

Glad you and Shannon got some good sisterly time together and I hope Steve enjoyed his break!

Motherhood for Dummies said...

looks like they had a fun daddy day!

Jen (kksmom) said...

Sounds like a fun weekend!! I wish I would of known about the Symphony for the kids.. that would of been awesome to of gone to! Both my kids love music.

Oh yeah.. Kevin always covers his ears for everything too!