Tuesday, July 05, 2016

July 4th Weekend

Hey!  Hope everyone had a good Independence Day weekend!  Ours was sorta low key, but good.
On Friday morning Amy and I took Raylan to his class at The Little Gym.  It went pretty well, although now that Raylan's familiar with the place and recognizes the equipment, he seems more interested in wandering around and exploring as opposed to participating in the group activities.  We tried to gently keep him engaged as best we could, though.
Saturday afternoon Raylan got his hair cut for the second time in his life.
(enjoying a post-haircut ice water)
It went pretty well.  We just went to the Great Clips by our house, but the ladies there doted on him, and he only freaked out a little bit.  Mission accomplished!

On Sunday we got up and went out for breakfast at Kerbey Lane.
("The patterns!  This means something...")
Afterward we went to Target to do some shopping.
("But I don't want to buy things that are gonna just go out of style right
away.  You know what I mean, Mom?")
When we got home we played in the yard.  Raylan got a sprinkler toy at Target (actually picked it out himself), so we played in the water a bit.
Raylan loves to push this cart.  I'm trying to come up with a way to monetize
this hobby.  I'm pretty sure people would buy food if sold out of a cart by an
enthusiastic,sweaty toddler.
"This is your new sprinkler toy, Raylan.  I know it will probably take you
weeks to get used to it-"
On Saturday night Amy made a really good dinner of mushroom-tomatillo enchiladas.  Yum!

On Sunday we went to Mom and Dad's place.  Amy and I went to the pool for a little while.  Raylan hung out with Grandma and Grandpa.  Mom and Dad were kind enough to feed us some salmon, pasta salad, fruit, etc..  Amy made fruit pizza and brought it with for dessert.
We had a really nice time.  It always feels good to go over to their house and just have another set of hands to help with our little whirling dervish.  Sort of allows us to relax a bit.

The kid loves books.  And Grandma.  So this works for him.
A new generation takes part in the annual Steans tradition of
decorating Indy, the Independence Day Bear.

On Monday, July 4th, Raylan and Dad let Amy sleep in a little bit.  We got up early and ate breakfast, and then we used some window crayons (recently purchased at Target) to make some art on our windows.  Raylan seemed to really enjoy the colors.  We played with sidewalk chalk a little bit in the driveway, went for a little buggy ride, and when Amy got up, we all went to the park.  Raylan had a good time going down the slide and playing soccer with his ball under the covered shade area.
It was hot on the 4th, but it was unusually breezy, which made the heat more tolerable.
We played in the yard again with the sprinkler toy, and with a toy pool.
"Mom, lately I have not always been loving my baths, but somehow
this is completely different..."


In the evening we grilled some hotdogs (as required by law on the 4th) and Amy made some really tasty corn salad.  Also a few tater tots.
After dinner we relaxed and watched fireworks on TV.  We could hear fireworks going off in the neighborhood, but none of them sounded too loud or close.
We were all worn out and went to bed early.

Hope you guys had a good 4th!


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