Just another 104 degree Saturday. We've hit the bottom of the 'things to do' barrel, I'm afraid. Swing is out (too hot), pool is out (too hot), and this weekend even strolling Target or the mall is out (Texas tax free shopping weekend....think shuffling masses of whiney children protesting back to school shopping and a whole lot of mothers exhausted by this miserably long hot summer and snapping at said whiney children). So today, we spent a good portion of the afternoon just chilling in A's bedroom. I read books aloud while he
paid rapt attention chewed on a stuffed dog and taught himself to open and slam his sliding closet doors. We looked out the window and talked about trees and sunshine and why that kid on the skateboard at the park should pull his stinkin' pants up (because he looks like a hoodlum, that's why). We dug to the bottom of his toy box and pulled out toys that had previously failed to capture his attention to see what might pique the boy's interest now. What we found was a singing gorilla he got last Christmas from his Mimi and Papaw. You may remember it from this post's video of Griffin being less than impressed with the gift. (That post also contains a video of tiny A and his mittens that made me choke on my peanut butter cup- so teeny tiny was A! It also contains an interesting, unwittingly prophetic comment about babies in 2009 that kind of made me giggle.)
But anyway, back to the point: today, that gorilla was a hit.
He was doing his best to bust his way out of the gate (what, and escape all this "fun" we were having?) when I fired up the gorilla.
The singing and clapping got his attention...
...and he reallllly liked what he saw.
Until the gorilla clamped down on his fingers, taking A by surprise.
He recovered, and spent a good long while obsessing over the moving monkey mouth.
And just because I really love his super fine baby blonde hair and those chubby little arms, and because I don't ever want to forget the way we'd sit side by side at the big window of his very first bedroom and talk about trees and sunshine and hoodlums...I have to include this picture too.
For an afternoon spent passing time doing a whole lot of nothing, we sure did enjoy ourselves.