After Trey and I spent the afternoon at the Legoland Discovery Center, we went to see our friends Rachel and Allister Lowery. We enjoyed pizza together, then Rachel surprised Mommy with a homemade chocolate cake for her birthday (just a couple days away). On the actual birthday, we used a gift card for a local restaurant and enjoyed a meal out together. Mommy likes to celebrate her birthday with her two favorite boys!
Trey and I (Heidi) took a trip to Atlanta, just the two of us. While making plans to go to the aquarium, I discovered that the day I had picked (September 24th) just happened to be “Pirate Day” – dress your kid like a pirate and he gets in free. I quickly created a little outfit complete with hook and eye patch. Trey helped decorate the pirate hat (with skeletons and aliens).
About as soon and we were inside with a free admission, Trey took the garb off. Oh well. We had great time exploring the museum. He liked the large manta rays (that do back flips) and whale sharks the best. Once he had enough, we walked across the street to the Centennial Olympic Park. After running around on the playgrounds, Trey cooled off in the fountains. It was a great day spent with my little boy, my birthday present to myself.
Here are some more (late) photos of Trey during his time with his grandparents in Florida while William was in Haiti last month. You can see he was having lots of fun and learning to love his little cousin Ollie.
At my parent’s house over Thanksgiving, Trey was drawing pictures. I asked him to draw of picture of himself. He drew a circle for his head. Then he drew 2 eyes. I asked him to draw a smile. He started drawing a curve for what I thought was going to be a smile, but he kept going to encircle his eyes. “I’m wearing my ninja mask, Mommy.”
While Daddy and Mommy are in Peru, Trey will be staying with William’s parents in Virginia. Since we were all at the wedding in South Carolina this weekend, the Hauns took Trey home with them. Already, Trey is having a great time. They stopped for lunch at IHOP on their way back to Virginia. Trey was ecstatic that he got to eat a pancake with banana slices for a mouth and strawberries for eyes. Just look at that smile!
Our friend Carla Smith went to boarding school with William in Cote d’Ivoire. She then joined us at Carson-Newman where she and Heidi became good friends and study partners. On Saturday, we went to Table Rock State Park in South Carolina for her wedding.
We brought a toy car to keep Trey occupied, but his favorite “toy” was mommy’s small digital camera. It kept him quiet and content, but I didn’t expect him to run the batteries completely down. Here are a few of the photos that Trey took. One of my favorites is his first self portrait, but I think we ended up with probably 20 self portraits once he figured out how to do it.
The photo from across the aisle was a great moment. As he stood there focusing the camera, many of the people noticed him and smiled. I told him that they were smiling for him. He looked sheepishly above the camera to see, and of course that made the people smile more. It’s the story that makes the photo.