Stephen's First Movie

Fourth of July was hot and rainy. We were invited over to my co-worker Amber's house for fireworks and a BBQ. Only thing was, Amy had developed an earache, and wasn't really up to it. In the end, Stephen and I went and Amy stayed home with Maddy.

The BBQ was a nice social occasion. Amber's husband, Craig, and some of his co-workers set off some smaller fireworks while Stephen watched. When it was dark enough, they started setting off the larger fountains. While the little ones were fine with Stephen, the volume of the larger ones (the bangs, pops, and whistles) hurt his ears. In the end, we decided to go home.

Our arrival home was just in time: seated on our sofa, looking out the sliding glass door, we could see a large fireworks display over the apartment buildings across the way. It had been going strong for nearly twenty minutes, and didn't end for another fifteen.

The next day, Saturday, was a milestone for Stephen. He'd been doing such a good job with the potty training that he earned a trip to the movies to see WALL-E. He was originally going to go with his mommy, but he decided that he'd rather go see it with me. It seems that, lately, he's in a pro-daddy mode.

The movie experience was new for him, and he enjoyed it. He was very serious about being quiet, so much so that he peered around at the other (noisier) kids with no small amount of disdain. It was almost a solemn affair for him. He watched everything, from the pre-show features, to the previews, to the film itself very attentively. He ate popcorn by the handful, and helped himself to nearly an entire soft drink during the film.

As might be expected, he had to pee when the movie was over. Only thing was, he didn't mention it until we were out of the theater and on our way to the car. I asked him if he could hold it until we got home, and he said he could. I even told him he could go in his pull-up if he wanted to, but he replied that he could hold it until we got home.

It was a very quiet, ten-minute drive. He concentrated on not peeing the whole way home. When we did finally get home, he ran to the bathroom and took care of business. He didn't pee one drop in his pull-up. He's turning into such a big boy!

Stephen Loves Lemonade

Today, I bought a bag of lemons at CostCo and Stephen and I made lemonade. Ever since I juiced limes for ceviche a few weeks ago, I've been telling Stephen that we could make lemonade. It came down to eight cups of water to one cup of fresh lemon juice to one cup of simple syrup, and it's very good. Just ask him.

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Anonymous Grandma said...

Sounds like something Mom And Gary did many years ago (Star Wars)...
Way to go Stephen for being so good at the movies and for "holding it" until you got home. Hope you will be able to come visit G & G real soon. October is sooo far away. (we will foot the bill)

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


(Taken from papers written by a class of 8 year olds)

A grandmother is a lady who has no little children of her own.
She likes other peoples.

A grandfather is a man grandmother.
Grandmothers don't have to do anything
except be there when we come to see them.

They are so old they shouldn't play hard or run.
It is good if they drive us to the store
and have lots of quarters for us.

When they take us for walks,
they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars.

They show us and talk to us about the color of the flowers
and also don't step on "cracks." They don't say, "Hurry up."

Usually grandmothers are fat,
but not too fat to tie your shoes

They wear glasses and funny underwear.
They can take their teeth and gums out.

Grandmothers don't have to be smart.
They have to answer questions like "why isn't God married?"
and "How come dogs chase cats?".

When they read to us, they don't skip.
They don't mind if we ask for the same story over again.

Everybody should try to have a grandmother,
especially if you don't have television,
because they are the only grown ups who like to spend time with us.

7:42 PM  

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