We love being outside at the beach, park or just walking the 'hood. I tried to run with J on Wednesday morning and he decided he wanted to walk. In a shirt and diaper, no shoes, carrying a snack cup and drink. We headed out for a long, slow walk and he took us to Hampton Blvd, where we sat down, ate a picnic breakfast and watched the trucks and motorcycles zoom by. I'm sure people thought we were stranded or hurt, but we had a grand old time!
We spend many hours at the beach, soaking up the sun and enjoying the now-not-so-freezing water temperatures. A few weeks ago we ventured out for the VA beach air show and were dazzled by low-flying planes, colored smoke and lots of death-defying drops and spins! J loves playing in the water with his Byrne grandparents, who he has managed to convince to join him at the beach! If given the choice, he would still rather be clean, but if we can get him distracted enough he doesn't seem to mind having sand all over his body. He absolutely LOVES the ocean and has no fear of running right in. This might give me a heart attack soon so we got him a cute little life jacket so I don't have to worry as much.
|J loves splashing with grandad|
|pointing to planes with BB|
Much to my dismay, J loves to climb through shrubbery, mulch and beautiful landscaping all throughout Norfolk. I try to balance letting him be an innocent kid with my adult "don't play in the yardwork!" attitude.
It's fun to just explore the neighborhood and to take a few moments in the morning to slow down and get low like he does. I have actually discovered some amazingly beautiful and intricate plants in our neighbors' yards. We thank God for His beautiful creation each day and are grateful that we get to enjoy it.
J is starting to become quite the gardener, with his elephant watering pail and shovel. He loves to count out the tomatoes on his plant in the front yard. The back yard plants are like a jungle of green and red tomatoes, with J itching to pluck all the green ones. He really doesn't like tomatoes but every time we pick a red one he thinks he might like it so he takes a bite, ponders it and then spits it out into my hand. Maybe one day he will enjoy the sweet taste of cherry tomatoes straight off the vine. They are DELICIOUS. My green peppers aren't doing so well but the herb garden and tomatoes are great. I think I need some tips from Master Gardner Ashley Barnett for next year's crop.
|Three generations of Byrne boys at the beach|
|Playing with grandad at the beach|
We finally made it to the fire station, something we have been meaning to do since J was 6 months old. Although I thought it might seem strange for me to show up with a kid who could barely sit up and ask to see the fire engines. I promise, firemen, it's really for my son, promise! So, at 20 months old the timing was much better to head out with Lael and Jordan. J was hesitant at first, as always, but then enjoyed exploring the truck bays, looking at the flashing lights and sitting in the driver's seat of a huge engine!! The boys took home their very own firemen hats (which J wears every day) and headed directly to the park to play some more! Needless to say, he took a very long nap that afternoon!