I asked James, "what are you thankful for? what do you love?" James said, "So much!" Good answer!
Well, first he was thankful for the great little table and chair set at Grandma Laura's house. We were there for breakfast on Thanksgiving day.
Heh. They put James to work!
We had our Thanksgiving meal at Tia ChaCha and Tio Donkey's house. James was "so excited" to go! It took him a few minutes to leave my lap but eventually he warmed up to the house and the "strangers", who aren't strangers! A few of ChaCha's friends join us for Thanksgiving, like familia :)
Here Grandma Rosie entertains James with crayons before the turkey lurkey.
Oh, and some tortilla chips held James over. I hoped he wouldn't fill up.
And then the food... Mmmmmmm.
Thanksgiving tradition says that we say "Cheers!" with Wild Turkey. James was thrilled to have a mini glass of water to clink glasses.
Tia ChaCha found all sorts of "treasures" for James. He is definitely a collector of things. His current box holds 2 quarters, a mini yarn ball, a toy lizard, seashells, a light up ring, a plug, wine corks, golf balls, a mini notepad, etc.
Pumpkin pie with Grandma.
Pumpkin pie smeared on Grandma's face! So much fun!
We had a full day with our familias and we went home very full and satisfied :)
On Friday we went to the MN Zoo. I didn't take many pictures but here's a cute one of the prairie dogs.
It was a chilly day but we enjoyed the time outdoors, especially at the Zoo playground. It seemed silly that we went all that way to play at a playground, but whatever makes James happy makes us all happy!
Here's a fun set of shots. I watched James and another child struggle to take turns and get up a ladder. Here's what played out.
I'd like to think that James is just polite and knew he could wait to take a turn. I know he can be strong and ask for what he wants, but he chooses his battles.
"I'm King of the World!"
James stayed the weekend at Grandma Rosie and Grandpa Larry's house. It was a nice break for Jim and myself and we relaxed a lot, shopped, and saw a movie.
I heard that James went mini golfing with Grandma, shopping with Grandma, and ate very well.
"Help Mama, Grandma is smothering me with love!"
He came home clutching this chocolate bear. He was so excited! We had to convince him to eat a real lunch before we let him dig in. This is the look on his face when Jim first handed him the bear. Pure joy.
James even shared a bit with his Dada.
The chocolate bear has NOT made an appearance since Sunday lunch. I absolutely refused to let James eat it for dinner, though he begged and cried for it. Toddlers!