I had planned for quite awhile to make a trip to Columbus to see my best friends from high school. Jamie, Molly and I have been so good at keeping up with each other and visiting each other as often as we can. The first time I was ever away from Lucas overnight was when I went to see them in Columbus 2 years ago. It is only fitting that the first time to be away from Finn would be to do the same thing. My sentimental heart was sad leaving, especially when moments like this were happening the night before I left:
One of the many phrases from Lucas that I just love and know won't last forever are: "momma, I love making with you". We were making together in the "chicken" instead of "kitchen" and he also says "checkup" instead of "ketchup". I won't correct him yet, it is just too cute. Maybe I will correct him if he is still doing it when he is 13.
I have always had the goal of really training my kids to be helpers- to take responsibility early and be capable, pitching in, thoughtful members of this family. In other words: my daughter in laws are going to LOVE me! Lucas already has a lot of "jobs" that he does well, and he has fun doing them- but he loves doing anything if he gets to be alongside you. This was his system for getting everything out of the dryer. Hey, whatever works buddy.
Off to the cold of Ohio- I am truly southernized because I was freeeezing and came home with a cold but it was worth every goosebump to see my friends and have a great weekend of shopping till we literally dropped. The bonus of this trip was meeting Miracle Max- Molly's sweet baby who was born dangerously premature and you would never think it seeing him in person, he is perfect in every way. Way to go God! And of course, I am already his favorite auntie :)
Back in Tennessee, back in the warmth. It was only fitting when I crossed the TN border driving home that Brad Paisley's "Wheelhouse" came on the radio.
So, embracing the weather I missed so much, we went to the zoo!
Southern Boys eat ribs. Both of my boys had the ribs kids meal when we went out for BBQ. As we walked in, Lucas said, "I am going to order some pig!"
Lucas and his buddy Crosby. Two peas in a pod. We met at the mall for an evening of playing while our daddies were out late working.
Southern boy swag. I have a thing for red shoes.
Wait, where have I seen this person before? All you people that think Finn is Josh's mini-me. Think again----
Our big brother has been really sick this week, putting him in quarantine and us housebound. So, we take pictures of our fun.
The sunshine is so pretty out there, too bad brother is too sick to go out :(
Happy Valentines from my Finn! Hopefully on Valentines Day, Lucas will feel up for a picture!