The storm that is Miss Shelia blew through Dallas for a few days this week. I don’t know who had more fun — Frank, with a new cruise director; Me, with an extra pair of hands; or Gammie, with TWO babies to spoil (yes, I still count as her baby)! Even though she was just here a couple of days, we packed in a lot of activity.
She took us shopping (of course) and bought Frank a lot of winter clothes, including a coat and mittens, new jeans, pj’s, several sweaters, and some new shoes (“shoes” still being his favorite word). She bought me a new dress to wear to Carrie and Steve’s wedding, since all the dresses I’ve bought in the past two years are now too small…in the top area…let’s just say that I fell victim to the belief that I had grown permanent boobs during the whole pregnancy/breastfeeding thing and bought a whole new wardrobe to celebrate. But, alas, as quickly as they’d arrived…
I digress. So, we shopped a lot. I even convinced her to let me buy her something (since it is her BIRTHDAY on Friday, after all). She picked out a pair of black leggings. Seriously. So, I bought her the black ones and a bonus brown pair and called it even. Happy Birthday, Gammie! I’m sure most of you understand how hard it is to buy a birthday present for someone who (a) already has everything, and (b) would rather buy stuff for you, such that you can never “catch up.”
The weather was perfect during her visit, so Frank wanted to play outside a lot. He taught Gammie how to shovel sand at the sand table, and he showed her how he can climb up and slide down the slide all by himself! Mostly, he just wanted to walk around the perimeter of the yard hundreds of times holding onto Gammie’s pointer fingers. He can take up to three steps on his own, but he much prefers to grab two fingers and take off. He can even run…as long as he’s holding on!
The best part of Gammie’s visit was our trip to the Arboretum to see the pumpkins! Frank loved it. He pointed to every pumpkin individually and said “ball!” Eh, close enough. Here are some pics:
We even took a major risk by changing him into his Halloween costume mid-photo-shoot. The risk paid off, because we got some great shots!
I hope you all like the costume! I think it turned out great. I actually used a needle and thread on some parts of it! The glue gun and the metallic spray paint were more fun, though! Oh, and if you’re not familiar with the book, Frank is dressed up as Max from “Where the Wild Things Are.” This book changed my life. It has always been my favorite, and one that I cannot wait to share with Frank. Coincidentally, they just made the book into a movie. Heath and I went to see it on Monday night (thanks to Gammie, who babysat), and we loved it! I cried. Like, sobbed. I think it was the perfect storm of emotions — my favorite childhood book, my son’s homemade Halloween costume, and the heart-wrenching mother/son relationship in the movie. Or maybe it was just that we saw it at Studio Movie Grill, so I drank two glasses of wine while watching it. Tends to make me a bit weepy, the wine.
Anyhoo, THANK YOU GAMMIE!! We had a great visit. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! We LOVE you!