The vacation was a weekend in Utah to visit my sister and celebrate her oldest son's graduation. Here is said handsome graduate. Yay Paul!
Wyatt and Mommy- not too bad for post-4.5 hour drive, huh?
I had to keep Wyatt pretty distracted, because by this time he was tired beyond all reason. Buckling Mickey into Jana's car seat over and over and over kept him busy for a little while.
Aunt Marianne got a bunch of balloons the afternoon before the party. Wyatt has encountered balloons before, but never like this!
At first he just looked at one.
Givin' that balloon some loves.
And then...he let go of the string and it flew up and bopped into the ceiling. And that was it- the kid was totally enthralled for an hour.
He'd gather a few balloons up and then let them all go, laughing hysterically.
Soon he wanted to hold more at once.
He'd count off, "One...twooooo...FWEE!!!" and let them fly. He had a blast.
Weeks later, he will still look at me randomly and say, "Ba-oons? Aunt Me-ee-anne? Ba-oons?" The Balloon Playtime formed some pretty strong neural pathways, it would seem.
Getting Drenched Part I
Since it's usually just Jana, Wyatt and Crabby Tired Mommy at home all day, we don't get out much. Wyatt has a whole new world to explore when there are extra people to watch him. I was glad he got some good, wet playtime and that it didn't involve ME getting wet!
He was pretty determined to get in there- not that he would get any MORE wet than he already was!
Look at that sheer joy. No wonder he asks about going to see Aunt Me-ee-anne all the time, her house is SO FUN!
Meanwhile, I was chopping lettuce. I peeled off the outside leaf and it looked exactly the size of Jana's head. So we double checked. Yep, it was.
Jana and Kate with Lettuce Hats, and me with the chopped lettuce for our tacos.
Another reason Wyatt loves to visit Aunt Marianne's house is his cousin Wade- he reads Wyatt to sleep at naptimes while we're there. Wyatt LOVES it, and he falls asleep every single time. He has never fallen asleep while I was reading to him. Wade just has that magic talent.
Mommy and Jana, on the other hand, can sleep anywhere, any time.
By the next morning, those poor balloons were all played out and we had to hang them from the ceiling...
...but don't worry, we got more!
Playing on the slide
This face just made me laugh. What a cutie.
Uncle Dennis, holding a plate of the most divine Bulgoki EVER. I could eat that stuff all day, every day and be perfectly content. YUM!
I really admired Paul's graduation gift to himself- a distinguished mohawk. I quite like it.
The baby in Anja's tummy made a perfect Jana-sized perch.
Jana puts everything in her mouth, especially jewelry. At least having Jana go for Aunt Anja's necklace gave my watch a much-needed break.
Getting Drenched Part II: Now The Hippo's In
Not wanting to be wasteful, we used up the balloons after the party was over. Who's up for a rousing chorus of Follow the Yellow Brick Road?