A few random things that happened me over the weekend I wanted to mention…
Rachel’s Dad was playing with Max. He asked Max what his name was and Max gave his first and last name. Then he asked Max what his middle name was. Max kept saying his last name. So then he said to Max, :”No, not your last name, your middle name”. Max thought for a second, and replied “Bubba”. Bubba is a nickname Rachel and I had for Max when he was younger. I don’t really call him Bubba much anymore, but Rachel does from time to time. Gave us all a good chuckle.
On Friday, they had some Halloween festivities for the kids up at my office. Rachel’s mom was nice enough to drive Max out to my work after he got out of school. It was great having Max here with me at work. He got to wear his costume for a bit (luckily he didn’t spill anything on it), got some candy, did a couple of crafts, watched a bit of Spooky Buddies, and then we went up to my cube. I think the bathroom and my cube were the two highlights for Max. He thought the lights turning on by themselves and the self flushing toilets were the best. I also got a kick at watching him try to get soap from the automatic dispenser in the bathroom. He would put his hand in front and it seemed like every time he pulled his hand away, the dispenser would shoot the soap out. Eventually he figured things out.
Back in my cube, he loved drawing on the white board, and typing on my computer. I have a desktop and my laptop. I seldom use my desktop, so I let Max type away on it. Max then instructed me “Daddy, you type on your computer, and I’ll type on mine”. Then he found my stash of Sharpies in my desk and he drew some pictures, did some cutting and pasting with the scissors and a glue stick. He was having a blast.
Over the weekend, we noticed Max has become very musical. He’s always liked music, but recently he’s been asking for me to play specific songs (apparently he likes Pearl Jam) and we find him singing to himself when he plays. It’s adorable.
Today, Max participated in the “Hat Parade” at school. It was a rainy morning, but luckily the rain stopped long enough for the kids to lineup and do a lap around the school grounds in their hats.
Max also informed us that he has a girlfriend named Remi. According to Nana, Remi refers to Max as her boyfriend as well. Below are a few pictures of Max in his hat. Remi and his buddy Jason are included in the pictures as well. Max talks about Jason a lot, so I guess they are pretty good friends. I hope to get to meet Jason on Friday during the field trip.
Jason is the boy wearing the shirt with the skull and crossbones. And Remi is the girl standing next to Max wearing the pink striped leggings.
We decided that we don’t like the tree we have in the back yard. It was planted there by the builders when the house was built back in 2000/2001. We may replace it with a small tree, but I kind of like the idea of just taking it out so Max has more room to run and play. So anyway, last Monday, I decided we had talked about it enough, and it was finally time to take action. I sawed off one of about 5 large branches that extend from the center of the tree. When I did so, Max thought it was really cool and was by my side helping the entire time.
He put on my work gloves and he was snapping twigs, sawing small pieces of wood and using the sheers to lop off the larger pieces. He even went into the garage and wheeled the large trash can into the yard for me, so we could clean up the mess.
We stayed busy, so I didn’t run into the house to get a camera. Well fast forward to this Monday and I decided to saw off branch 2 of 5 from the aforementioned tree. This time, in addition to the work gloves, saws and sheers, I brought the camera out. I asked Max if he wanted to help. He said sure. Then he turned to Rachel and said “Mommy you stay in the house, and in a little while, bring us some drinks”. Armed with my camera, I snapped pictures of Max has he sawed, carried and rolled on the branches we were cutting off. He even found some acorns. What is so great, is that normally I would dread work like this, but with Max by my side, it makes it that much more enjoyable. Pictures of the fun are below: