James woke up early but I was glad because it gave me a chance to make the special breakfast for Dada Day. We started off with these Star Wars pancakes! They were not going to be a surprise to Jim because I had already revealed that I bought the molds. They were a good surprise for James though, he loved them. They would eat a few bites but then be disappointed that they lost their shape, so he would ask for another one. He ended up trying one of each character.
I had also made these Cream Cheese Cinnamon rolls the night before, they rose in the refrigerator overnight and were ready to bake in the morning. Yum.
We had a fun day planned for our family. We loaded James up in the car and set off for "the Beach". Our development has a brand new beach, splash pad, playground, and picnic area on the biggest man-made lake in the development. The beach does not have a lifeguard but it opens at 11am. We got there early (10:20ish) before the crowds arrived. The splash pad is motion activated and on a timer to start at 11am, so we had a long wait. James was happy to dip his toes in the water.
Checking it out...
"It's too cold. Let's let it 'cool off'."
A view of the beach and others hitting the water bright and early too.
We were prepared for the splash pad and swimming, not for sand play. James didn't warm up to the lake right away and then the splash pad was not open yet, so Jim went home quickly to get our sand toys, a blanket, and other things.
James waited patiently.
Let's check out the water! Maybe it warmed up.
The official Father and Son picture of the day. I love them both!
James got pretty brave and started to have fun in the water.
He ended up getting so brave that he walked all the way to the rope in the water. It wasn't very deep. He did try sitting down or crouching, not judging how deep the water was and he swallowed some water. He wasn't traumatized or anything, but he was way more careful after that. What wasn't captured was that I sent Jim to sit on the blanket to relax (and hold my iphone so it didn't get wet) and I played with James in the water for about 20 more minutes. He had so much fun that we never did get him to play at the Splash Pad. Oh well!
(We're actually on our way to the Beach today so maybe he'll play at it today!)
We went home for lunch and naptime. Jim was anxious to try his gift from James and me- a bottle of ginger liqueur. He made a special drink for himself at noon and then relaxed with the golf game on TV. He said it was a nice way to spend Father's Day :) We also sat on the deck in the sun, spending time with each other. Nice!
At 3:00 I always get James up from his nap. I don't like letting him sleep beyond that because I don't want to interfere with his bedtime. He was pretty drowsy and crabby, not wanting to get up. He hadn't wet the bed at this point so I wanted him to get up and go to the potty. He refused. So I let him lie there and I went into my room to wait him out. Finally he got up and wanted to pee in my bathroom.
We went out for dinner to keep on celebrating Daddy. We tried a new restaurant in Blaine called Bricks Pub. It was very good! Jim got a nice beer, and James had a great time eating and playing at the table. He has also become very good about using public bathrooms :) A funny moment was when I took James to the bathroom and we had to choose between two hallways- one was towards the kitchen, one was the bathrooms. James told me, "only bounty hunters can go through there." He was referring to his SW game on the Wii- it's full of Lego characters, including bounty hunters who need to unlock certain doors. James is so funny.... and obsessed with SW!
At daycare they play with "table toys". I've come into the classroom and all the kids are sitting quietly at the little tables playing with blocks, little manipulative type toys, etc. So I had an idea of bringing some of James' Legos and calling them "table toys" to keep him busy so we can eat leisurely. Well, it mostly worked except when James dropped them on the floor :)