Caleb had a great time at the lake too. last year he wasnt walking yet, so his fun was rather limited. this year was quite a difference: he loved to run around the grass, throw rocks in the lake, splash his hands and feet in the water at the end of the dock, and feed the ducks.
he wasnt so sure about riding on the boat, but he eventually warmed up to it. and I think the water was too cold for him to enjoy swimming much (he picked up the word “brr”), so he preferred to sit on the shore and dig in the mud and throw rocks. he did get up the courage to wade around after his ball or to pick up sticks under the water, but then he’d stumble and get a faceful of water and retreat to the shore.
thankfully he slept well this year (except for a few skirmishes at bedtime); last year he kept us up a lot at night. he slept on a little mattress in our room, which was kinda fun, except that he would sometimes get up with the sun around 5, and we’d have to convince him to lay back down.
I thoroughly enjoyed running around the grass with him and doing fun stuff like throwing a ball or rocks. it’s so much fun being able to be a kid again and laugh together. my dad especially liked introducing him to fishing, as he would catch a fish and put it in a bucket for him to check out. he seemed apprehensive at first, but when he saw the same bucket again the next day, he was absolutely giddy with excitement and saying his word for fish, so grandpa was oblidged to find another fish for him. one time he had him out at the end of the dock, and for some reason Caleb decided to dive in head-first. thankfully he had is life-vest on, so it wasnt a problem, and he apparently handled it well. mama and I were completely oblivious to the situation, as we were having too much fun playing bocce ath te time.
he also loved feeding the ducks. it took a little while for the ducks to catch on, but they were soon waddling quite close for a bite of bread. near the end of our stay, I told Caleb we were going down to the dock one last time, and he kept saying “duck? (actually ga-ga, which is his version quack-quack) bread?” over and over. apparently he’s still sorting out the difference betweeen a dock and a duck, not to mention a deck. so of course we went in to get a few slices of bread for the ga-gas, much to everyone’s delight.
many thanks to grandma and grandpa and aunt Lori for helping us take care of him and Alice and being good playmates. grandma certainly had lots of cool toys at the ready.
we’re also thankful that Caleb traveled rather well too. he was sitting (or standing) on my lap (or the floor) on the little plane from VT to Atlanta, which was an adventure. the magna-doodle came in handy as well as peanut M&Ms. I think it’s good that he’s a pretty mellow kid, or we all might have gone a little more crazy on the travel days.
now it’s back to “normal.” after a very long day of traveling (without a nap) he was fussy as we came in the door, but he lit up and got all excited when he saw the dog. Alice had a similar reaction when she saw her the next day. Caleb’s adjusting to having only one caregiver/playmate during the day, but we can tell that he and Alice are glad to be home and thankfully they’ve already settled back into their normal nap and bedtimes.
we’re so thankful for such a beautiful home away from home. we only wish it was closer. many thanks to great-grandma and great-grandpa and now grandma and grandpa for providing such a great place to make memories together.