Hayden is really into playing "office" and he sets up papers, 3 calculators ("computers"), scissors, stickers, crayons, and pencils, and he will sit and cut paper for a long time while Hadley naps in the afternoon.
Hadley and Hayden both love to sing and the favorite this week is "There's a Little Wheel A Turnin' in My Heart". We like to sing the "heart" part really loudly.
Yesterday the kids and I took Drew's car through the car wash, and Hadley told me that I needed to find a quieter car wash because that one was too loud. The kids love car washes but they are pretty particular about them--they like Yellow (Shell), not so much Green/Blue (Valero).
Hayden told Nee the other day that he is going to give her our Abby Cat and he is going to have Aunt Ashley's Bailey Dog. He is hot on the path to get rid of the cat, although he pretended he was a kitty for an hour or so this afternoon.
Hayden ate an entire hotdog at the game, then we got cotton candy, which he didn't like because it was sticky, so we got a huge tub of popcorn, which he ate a tiny bit of and then moved on. He told us he was done and wanted to go home right before the game started, so he and I went and rode the 3 levels of escalators for 45 minutes, then visited the kid zone where he played in the ball pit, got a balloon sword, and high-fived the bunny mascot. I'm not sure why the mascot is a bunny but Hay got a kick out of him. Then we rode the escalators for another half hour. By then it was the 3rd inning so we got Drew and headed to the gift shop and then home. Hayden got a red Astros cap (courtesy of Nee) to go with his jersey and we got Hadley a pink baseball hat so she won't have to wear Hayden's old nasty baseball cap anymore. She likes to wear the pink hat with her princess earrings and her Cinderella purse full of Chex Mix. Hadley is a snack hoarder like her brother and we find pretzels, Nillas, grahams, and club crackers stashed around in the dollhouse and in various purses.
Today we went to swim at Nee's with Nee and Gegah, and as soon as we got in the pool, wouldn't you know a torrential rain storm hit, so we exited the pool and went to Nee's to read some books. When we were leaving I hugged Gegah and Nee and Hayden asked me why did I hug them. I told him it was because they were my mommy and daddy and he said an emphatic "NO, Gegah is NOT your Daddy, Daddy is our Daddy, me, BB and Mommy all have Daddy as our Daddy. So not Gegah." So there.
Today Hayden told me, "I want to throw AbbyCat in the trashcan and go to the pet store and buy a new big AbbyCat that is gray and white and black."
We're getting used to our new life here in Houston. Hayden and Hadley and I have been driving around alot, finding new places to explore, and playing at the gym and the Chickfila. We went to the Galleria play-area on Friday and they loved it. Lots to climb on and hide under. And tons of little kids. Last weekend we saw the Finans; I didn't get any pictures of Ciara and Gabrielle and my kids, but H&H haven't stopped talking about their new friends. We've been swimming at Nee's house several times also. H&H love to swim. We went to the neighborhood pool here with our nextdoor neighbors last Tuesday and they had a blast with Skylar and Sophia in the big pool and the children's area. After the pool that day, Drew and I closed on the old house in Austin. Whew! Glad that is finished.
This past weekend Hayden had his first sleepover at Nee's house ever. He was so excited about it, and he loved every minute. They played and had dinner and had muffins for breakfast. It was Drew's and my first evening ever alone with our 2 year old Hadley. She kept asking where Hayden was, but I think she liked the time alone to play peacefully and quietly. She is such an easy child when she is on her own. I didn't even realize how easy she was because we never split the kids up, ever. It was certainly quiet in our house that night with one kid! We were so happy to have our Hayden back on Sunday though, we missed him, our little bundle of energy.
I got to have dinner with my highschool friend Lanie last Wednesday, it was so great to have a meal alone where we could talk. She had been here to see the kids the week before which was fun too, but adult time is always nice!
Hadley got her first haircut last week. She got all dressed up in her tutu from Ms Jaime and her pearls from Nee. We took her to Cool Cuts because of the horror that was Hayden's first haircut. She sat in the little car and watched Thomas the Train and Elmo and didn't make a peep. It looks better now, not such a mess and more even. Then we went to Stride Rite because I was convinced that Hayden would need new shoes because his feet had grown. Turns out his shoes were fine but Hadley had gone up 2 sizes in less than 2 months. I felt terrible that her old shoes had been to tight and I didn't even know it. At any rate, Hadley now has several new pairs of shoes, and Hayden will get measured again before school starts.