Okay, it's a little beyond the 4th of July, but hey, better late than never. Right? Besides, these pictures were too cute not to post. 4th of July we were invited by friends to Dogwood Dell to play and watch fireworks. Usually, a band plays, there are food vendors galore and a great display of fireworks accompanied by the loud bangs of a canon. This year was no different.
Here are the kids donning their festive attire:
McKayla is wearing Mommy's sunglasses and Grandpa Bob's hat, that actually matches her dress almost perfectly.
Here they sit ready to go, in their new ride. This has been one of the best toys we could have ever bought for the kids. The seat backs fold down in case we need to lay one of the two down, there is a little extra storage compartment on the back for bags, toys, etc, there are cup holders for the kids' drinks and the canopy is removable. They both love going for rides. McKayla likes to pull Landon, and Elmo, and her babies.
Here, McKayla is hugging my friends' daughter. This picture was just too cute.
McKayla LOVES babies and younger children. She is drawn to them like a magnet. I think it is because she enjoys being the big sister. She loves to look after Landon, she is so very nurturing and sweet to him. She asks every day to hold him, though he doesn't always sit still, or he'll reach up and grab a chunk of her hair. She gets just as excited about his acheivements as we do. She'll say, "look Mommy! He has teeth!" or "Mommy, he's standing up!" She also watches out for him and lets us know when he is doing something he shouldn't be. She likes to feed him bottles and wants him to lay with her at night for story time. When he lays with her, she wants him to lay on her arm, so she can hold on to him. Sometimes it is so amazing to me to see the love that she, one so young, has for her brother. I was an only child, so this is all foreign to me. I hope the bond between them will forever remain this strong.
Some cute sister-brother moments:
Playing piano together
Hmmm...he looks like he is up to something...
Swinging on the hammock together this morning.
Landon, too, is very interested in his big sister and what she is doing. If she is within reach, he will move to be near her. He watches her intently, and I believe, she is the major motivating factor in how quickly Landon is progressing from learning to stand, learning to cruise and taking his first steps. He wants to run after her. He wants to go where she goes. And he is quickly learning how to do it.
Landon started standing himself up while we were on vacation, the first week of June. (That's part of the vacation I haven't gotten to yet.) After we got back from vacation, he was pulling up on things that were easy to reach, such as the sides of the crib or your hands. Here we are at the end of July and Landon has already taken a couple of steps, unassisted. Last week, he was fitted for shoe inserts to help with slight pronation. They are little more supportive than the Dr. Scholls you would buy at the drug store. We bought his first pair of walking shoes, and boy, did they seem HUGE on him. I was a little worried that the size and weight would slow him down a bit, but he seems even more daring in his attempts to push away from whatever he is holding on to, to balance before he plops down on his bottom. And he can balance for quite a bit of time.
Here is Landon right after putting on his new "kicks". He happened to be wearing his USA shirt that day.
McKayla, too, likes to help with this milestone for Landon. She likes to help him stand up and walk, though she's not quite as supportive as she thinks she is. Still, we never discourage her. Landon enjoys her attempts to help every bit as much as she does. And so, I'll leave you with some more cute pics from this morning's playtime outside:
McKayla, holding "brudder". This was one of those moments that he didn't want to be held.