I have pictures to post, we have just been busy busy these last few weeks. They will be posted soon, but I thought I would get these few things in print before I forgot.
On Saturday, our hardworkin' Daddy's day off, we decided we needed a fun day. So we left our muddy, fallen-tree, mosquito infested ranch to head towards Underwater World at the Mall of America. We were all pretty impressed, but Brayden in particular thought that running away from his parents was by far the coolest part of the adventure. The fishies and sharks swimming over his head and at his little face freaked him out just a little bit. They were kind of giant after all.
Then on Sunday, Brayden and I went to pick some chemical free strawberries at Apple Jack's Apple Orchard just down the road. As soon as Brayden tasted the sweetness of the berries fresh off of the vine it was more defense than offense (I hoped to come home with more berries), but what can you do? Especially when the please comes out so sweetly! And then, just to enjoy the bug free sunshine a little bit longer, I let Brayden stomp around in the puddles. One mom walked by and said to her kids "Don't you dare!". But I stripped him down before we got in the car and he had a blast, so I think it was worth it.
After nap time, we were still avoiding the bugs, so we loaded a couple of beach towels in the car and 7 miles later were enjoying the sand, the people watching and dipping our big toes into the lake. Brayden is a bit timid around water that is outside of his bathtub, but we are working up to acting like a fish. A couple of times he asked "whatsthat?" We are starting to understand his language as takes more of a resemblance to our own. But the best was when he wrapped his little hands in my long messy tangle of a pony tail and said "pretty!" Cute little bugger!
Oh, one other thing-Brayden's little brother or sister is kicking away. Not the same insistant pokes and jabs that Brayden would throw; Softer, little reminders that there is life growing away in there!