The boys are still working on potty training. We are going with a no stress approach. We introduced them to the potty and encourage them to use it. They are now to the point that they ask to use it throughout the day with some success. They are still in diapers and not always successful, but doing rather well considering that the lazy side of me is still not structuring things enough. I guess at some point I will have to push it more, but right now I will be content with what we all can handle.
We did have a great time though. It flew by way too fast. We drove up Thursday afternoon. Yes, my wonderful husband actually took a couple of days off from work. A much needed break under good circumstances this time. We spent Thursday night and Friday morning with dh's parents. The boys were very much spoiled by Lolo and Lola who let them get away with anything they would like to do. This usually translates into using fruit as play equiptment. Bananas and oranges as bats and balls, with a carrot mixed in for good measure. It is enough to drive me crazy, but I try to breathe and get through it. They are having way too much fun to have me step in and keep to my rules in someone elses house.
On Friday afternoon, we met up with my parents where we would stay for the weekend. We went to Bezerkley's Tilden park where the boys walked through the nature center, conned Daddy into buying them a few books and then we rode the steam train. It was a great time as my brother, his wife and his new baby accompanied us all. The boys loved the train and liked the toot toot of the steam blowing. Other kids on the train were screaming their heads off, but my boys were happy as clams: Ben sitting with me and Sebastian with my mommy. At first I thought it may be because Uncle Richard gave them each their very own donut for the ride, but even after the donut was long gone, the boys made it known that they now have a very real interest in trains. We rounded out the day by going out to lunch and thankfully the boys were ready for a nap and a peaceful rest of the evening.
On Saturday, my Dad, his wife and my Aunt and cousin, who were visiting from the east coast, were going on a trip to Pier 39 and invited us along. Knowing this wasn't a good idea for the boys, my parents offered to take them to the park and lunch while dh and I met with my other side of the family. It was great to see the shops.....except for the chocolate shop which set us back 50 bucks. We enjoyed the scene from a restaurant on the water and ate some great sea food. The only downside of the experience was the parking cost......7 bucks an hour......unbelievable!!!
That night we went to my Grandpa Doug's birthday party at the Pear Street Bistro. The boys were champs being surrounded by many a new face and my parents were great in picking them up after dinner so that Mike and I could enjoy the rest of the evening visiting with my dad into the wee hours of the night. The next day would be our last day of vacation in which we went to a barbeque at my Grandpa's house and visited again with our relatives from afar. We had a great weekend and it was hard to go, knowing that we didn't know when we would see this side of the family again. We are back at home, settling into real life and I am getting kind of bummed that the summer is half way over. This afternoon I put on a DVD of the boys pictures from when we picked them up until recently. It made me cry to see how much they have grown. It is like time is slipping away. I am so proud of my boys and love watching them grow up, but just wish it wasn't all happening so fast. They are such their own little selves with their own little personalities now. They are actual people with a will to communicate their own wants and desires. Gone are the days when I could pick a video for them or even when they agreed on which video they would want to watch.