The kids and I had a wonderful weekend in St. Louis. It is always so much fun to see Mimi & Papa as well as my siblings, their spouses, and my nephews.
Friday night, I retained Mimi & Papa's babysitting services so that I could go over to my sister's house and help her prepare for Eli's first birthday party. As a working mom (nights as an awesome ICU nurse)of two little ones, she has her hands full! I was able to help her out with some light cleaning while she ran to the grocery store (childless...always a blessing). Without my own two underfoot, her husband and I were able to get the house organized in short order. When I returned to my parents' home, this is what I found...
(My photo does not do it justice as 1) I'm not that great of a photographer, and 2) I had something on the lens of my camera!) It is a princess castle, with tower included, created by my four-year old. My mom asked Mary to leave it up for me to see when I got home because she thought it was so creative. And it is. Apparently, while constructing this castle she insisted on using every single wooden block shape that came with the set.
Coincidentally, when I returned home this weekend, I was pleasantly surprised to find that my good friend, Gillian, had created and published her blog. It is beautifully created and captures the essence of her personality. If you love horticulture, history, and beauty please visit The Middle Lands. One of Gillian's recent posts has to do with the significant role that play has on both brain development and social interation. As an educator, I have long known this to be true and so I am tickled pink when I see my children expressing themselves creatively or using their vast imaginations during play.
The birthday party was held on Saturday. We couldn't have asked for better weather. Low 70s, low humidity, and low noise-level as we were able to shoo all the cousins for some outdoor play! We had a wonderful time celebrating with the birthday boy, my family and my sister's in-laws. Oh what fun to be one!
Sunday meant the return trip home to Kansas City, but not before we went to Mass and then out for Chinese with Mimi & Papa. After lunch, the kids did puzzles and "read" books while I packed the car. I "caught" Benjamin reading the latest issue of my creating Keepsakes magazine. Perhaps we have a future grpahic artist in our family...or maybe he just loves all the pictures of cute babies and kids!