Friday, November 12, 2010

Thankful for: perfect weather, good check-up, and backhoes

I know it probably sounds shallow. But the weather these past 3 days has been divine! Absolutely perfect, sunny, warm, and gorgeous! Yesterday the high was 79!!!! I am so thankful for days like these because I know the winter days are heading our way all too soon.

Yesterday I took Ezekiel for his 4 month check-up. He's fine and dandy. Really BIG, but doing great. In fact he weighed 16 pounds, 5 ounces (77th percentile) and was 27 inches long (97th percentile). Development wise he's perfect. He got one oral vaccine and two shots. Sweet little guy didn't even cry for the first shot.

After the appointment the boys, my Mom, and I picked up lunch from our favorite dive (Big Top) and went on a picnic to the red bridge. We ate our fries and shared a chocolate shake while watching barges pull in and out of the docks. Did you guys know tug boats could drive sideways? They are really cool to watch, actually. Then we took a nice walk and saw huge diggers and cranes loading gravel from the quarry onto the barges. Elijah even got to see a front-loader up close and personal! He was thrilled! It was like a three-year-old's perfect afternoon. Minus the water though. He kept asking if he could go play in the sprinklers since that's our normal activity when we're down by the river in the summer time.

After the picnic and a quick trip in to the store we headed home. Only to discover the house they are building behind us was having some excavating done!! Holy backhoe batman! Naturally we walked up the hill to check out the action. Elijah just sauntered up to the men working and said... "Hey guys, what are you doing? Can I touch that backhoe? How do you make it go? Did you dig up some dirt or something? What are those pointy things for? Can you lift the bucket up? Can this drive very fast?" You get the idea. I'm sure the only thing more exciting for him would have been it Thomas himself (the Tank Engine, you know) would have pulled into our driveway.

Thankfully after all the afternoon's excitement both boys took great naps. I was able to use the time to put away eleventy billion loads of laundry, clean out all our closets, organize the outgoing and incoming season's stuff, and fill several trash bags up to be taken to the Goodwill. It feels so good to have that done! I love to purge and get rid of stuff! I was even able to cook supper before the boys woke up. I was feeling very accomplished and exhausted by the end of the day.

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