During the week I am fortunate to have my baby fever kept in check by the means of the adorable 4 month old girl I care for. She is a total breeze, but when Biggest Bro is out of school it means that I have four restless kids in the house and it can get a little crazy in here sometimes. Between Biggest Brothers high energy personality and Little brothers high drama personality, the tears were flowing by 9 am this morning, so I stuck the crew in carseats and left the house before we got to terminal velocity over here.
We live a few minutes away from this wonderful coffee shop called Muddy Waters, and it is always bustling with energy and lovely baristas who dont mind the Bean Crazy Train stopping in for a latte. As “luck” would have it…..I’d rather call it the favor of God, but I digress…..our dear friend/surrogate grandpa was in the shop and he entertained Little Mamma while I gave my sweet extra love baby her morning bottle. This incredible man lives just down the street from us and he is like a grandpa to my boys in every sense of the word. Always playing with them, loving on them, letting them trifle through his garage, ect. Mr. Bean is also a shameless adorer of our older neighbor, so we spend no small amount of time enjoying his company. Seeing his car parked at the coffee shop this morning was a sweet treat to the Bean crew. Anyone who is willing and eager to play Jenga with a 6 and 3 year old should qualify for some kind of reward.
After we were done with bottle time for baby sweetness and latte time for Mommy, we headed over to a little park close to the house to let the Tres Frijoles burn off some energy. It seems like we have finally hit that point where are three kids are able to play without having to watch one of them like a hawk. I especially love this playground because there are no tall platforms for Little Mamma to fall off. We only stayed for about thirty minutes, but the fresh air and room to run was good for all of us.
Little Brother wanted to try out the balance beam too. These moments make the not so pleasant ones all worth it.
Yes. I bribed them.
I guess Little Mama figured that she’d get a good stretch in since she was wearing her running shoes.
This is how she generally approaches her brothers wild behaviors. Banyan, having just completed a somersault.
Just before it was time to go, Noakea asked me if he could take some pictures with my camera. I always hesitate to let him use my DSLR, obviously because it’s $$$ and I dont have a backup right now. That said, I decided the risks were pretty minimal and after a few tips and a little how-to advice, he snapped these shots. I wont lie, I was pretty impressed. Not as much as he was, though. He declared emphatically, after seeing his pictures, “I am one of the best six year old photographers I know!”
“Mommy, this picture is so funny. Please put it on facebook.” – Noakea
Banyan had to get a turn with the camera too. Monkey see, monkey do.