I haven't been writing much lately, I know. I've been trying to pack in as much as possible with both my boys here with me this summer. We've done so much that I'm not even sure if I can remember it all.
We've done A LOT of swimming at the local pool and playing in the sprinkler in the backyard. Jackson loves to wear his "swimsoup" and Derick tans like crazy (jealous!). We've gone through almost an entire bottle of SPF 50 and both boys hate when I rub the sunscreen on their faces. Jackson loves to rub it on his belly, though.
We've discovered the local library after almost 4 years of living in the neighborhood. I have no idea why we didn't utilize it earlier. It's a tiny little library but it's got enough books, movies and Cd's that we will stay entertained for years to come. Across the street is a park so we go get books and then head over to swing for a bit. It's great because we get out of the house and get to do something for free and everyone likes to get new books. Derick read 7 books in two weeks!
I took Derick to Six Flags last week and we had a total blast. Other than one ride, we didn't have to wait in line at all hardly. The max wait was 20 minutes. My child made me ride The Titan THREE TIMES IN A ROW. After I started to black out each time I figured we'd had enough of that ride. I was so proud of Derick because he conquered his fear of roller coasters. He used to get so scared, so scared of even the small coasters. Dude took that fear, beat it up and came out on top and we had a total blast. We rode almost every single coaster in the park, many of them several times. I came out of it wearing a wicked sunburn, exhausted but exhilarated.
The boys have had a great time playing together. I worried that when Derick went to his dad's house that Jackson would forget his brother or be shy when he came back but it's been the opposite, thank goodness! Derick does a great job entertaining and babysitting Jackson so I can shower in peace or even pee alone (it's a novelty!). He sits with Jackson and watches kid cartoons and hardly makes fun of them at all. I just love seeing them together, making memories. Jackson loves to "creep" to Derick and scare him, he gets a fit of giggles when Derick turns the tables and scares him.
I've tried to ask Derick if he wants to stay home instead of going back to his dad's house and I get the feeling that he doesn't. I'm trying my best to not nag him about staying him but at the same time letting him know that he's wanted at home and that I'd love if he chose to stay here. I doubt it's working, but a mom can try, right?
We have plans to head to Austin for the weekend to visit one set of grandparents who live literally across the street from the lake. We also are flying to Missouri in a few weeks to spend about a week there visiting a ton of family, floating the river and hanging out. I'm trying to squeeze in even more stuff with my boys to make this a memorable summer for us all.
If you don't see me around these parts much, you know why! Happy summer everyone!