Tuesday, July 8, 2008

4th of July

For the 4th of July, we piled in my sister's Expedition (4 adults and 4 kids) and headed to Nebraska. Once we figured out a good seating arrangement, the trip wasn't to bad. Brinley in between her two cousins . . . not good. When we got to my parents, we had a little birthday party for Camdyn. That night we set off a few of our own fireworks and watched what we could see of other peoples. The City's firework show was on the 3rd. A little strange, but I'm sure they had a good reason for it. Saturday, we filled up the little pool for Brinley to go swimming. She loved it.

Whenever we go to my parents, my mom always cooks really good meals for us. In the summers, they have lots of fresh veggies from their garden. Yummy! The day before we left for Nebraska, I told Mom that Alex had surgery on his mouth and was only able to eat soft foods. So she had some mac and cheese, pudding, etc. for him. Saturday night she fixed a big steak dinner. As we were sitting down at the table getting ready to eat, she sat a plate with a big juicy steak right in front of Alex. He sat and stared at it for a few seconds before my mom realized he couldn't eat it. While everybody else was enjoying their steaks, Alex was eating mac and cheese for the hundreth time. You can tell how swollen his check was in the picture below. This was a couple of days after it was at its worst.

Brinley's personality is developing more and more everyday. She is getting really close to walking. She can take 2 or 3 steps before she lunges for whatever she is trying to reach. A couple weeks ago Amanda, Brinley's babysitter, told me she pulls all the baby dolls off the rocker, grabs the same baby doll and carries it around with her throughout the day. One day when I was picking Brinley up, Amanda handed her the baby doll and Brinley put it over her should and started patting her back. That night we took her shopping for her own baby doll. She was very picky on what kind of doll she wanted. It had to have plastic arms, legs and head and a soft body. She didn't seem interested in any of the other dolls we were showing her.