It was a big day over here at Chez Cat Hair: It was SUNNY and we got a visit from my NEPHEW and we took him to a PARK. A great time.
This dude is NINE (!) today!
He is such a delight and SO grown up. He’s an only child so he’s around adults a lot anyway, but he really is a collected, focused little human (who wore a bow tie for our “downtown day”).
He has the brain of an engineer and an artist’s sense of color. He can tell you anything about trains–literally anything, from technical signal workings to when different engines were in service. He’s extremely open-minded about new experiences, which is rare in kids (or even adults) and he’s just fun to be around. I know I’ll always learn something after I talk to him.
He has an iCloud account now and is texting (!) and I treasure the messages I get:
Happy birthday, Skyler! I hope your day is really ixiding.
We got the first snow in the valley yesterday, but it didn’t affect our plans because we were taking my nephew to the PLANETARIUM on the TRAIN to watch a movie about VOLCANOES (all-caps excitement shared by all).
It was a fantastic day and we ended with a fancy (ish) lunch at Little America, right by the train station.
Also, when did he get so big? I remember when he was about the size of a pumpkin.
Doc was getting over a head cold and I was fighting it off, so it was a low-key weekend. There was even a nap, which was just fine with Toby (that’s his “mama, we’re having a nap together!” face).
The biggest excitement? My nephew turned six (how?!) and we went out for the family party and that astonishing Saturn 5/Skyler 6 cake that my dad engineered for him. What a delightful little person he’s turned out to be–happy birthday, Skyler!
1. Doc and I took my nephew for dinner and a playground outing last night, which was lots of fun for everyone except Toby, who threw up in protest.
2. With the new car payment, I’ve been on more of a budget–but I still think I could be saving more for short-term and long-term things. And I still think about money a lot. So I both related to a lot of this and simultaneously felt slightly better about myself: Many Middle-Class Americans Can’t Come Up with $400 In an Emergency.
3. Related, when I’m having trouble staying on my budget (aka looking at J. Crew), I remember this fantastic SNL skit from a while back:
Camping! Doc and I headed up to the Uinta mountains Thursday night after work to try to catch some of the Perseid meteor shower–and to take my nephew camping for the first time.
The pictures get a little scarce after my brother’s family showed up Friday afternoon (and if I thought I was “adulting” poorly, I feel much better about my skills after keeping a 4.5 year old safe in a riverfront campsite…) but this one about sums it up:
Whew! Kids are tiring (newsflash) but I’m glad I got to be there for Skyler’s first camping trip. Thanks to Doc for going along with my plan and helping to wrangle him–he had a great time.