We took advantage of the long weekend and took the boys to see MeMe. We had planned to go over Christmas but Caleb's UTI kept us home over the holidays. The boys were so excited to be going to to MeMe's (great-grandma).
MeMe has a nice big back yard and thanks to some beautiful weather, the boys were able to spend quite a bit of time outside.
Benjamin mowed the grass.
I want to take a quick side note here to chat about Mr. Benjamin. When he turned 3 last month I really got to thinkin' that I better potty train this kid. I kept thinking that he would just decide to train himself or something, like he would wake up one morning and just want to use the potty. I realize now that was crazy thinking. Benjamin was perfectly happy in diapers and showed no interest in the potty, at all. So I did a bit of research and several people recommended this 3 day method, kinda like a crash course in potty training. The lady that developed it insists that your child will be potty trained (even overnight) in only 3 days. Sounds perfect, right? Basically you have your child throw out all the diapers and put undies on them right away. Then you pump them full of fluids, don't leave their side (not even to let the dog in because your child will pee on the floor-not that I know this from experience or anything). So I stayed with my eyes glued to Benjamin for 3 days, I barely left his side and tried to catch him before he had to go and rush him to the potty. We didn't leave the house for several days. It was a very. long. frustrating. process which involved the washing of many undies and cleaning the carpet on more than one occasion. I can't say he was completely potty trained in 3 days, but after day 5 he was no longer having any accidents and was letting us know every time he needed to pee. He has even stayed dry the past 3 nights! So, I think I can safely say that Benjamin is in big boy undies and is doing very well. Potty training is ridiculously hard and I suspect it is harder the longer you wait, in hindsight I wish I had started a bit sooner.
Okay, let's move on.
The boys had fun blowing bubbles in the backyard.
Because of Izzy and her giant crate we didn't have room for Caleb's wheelchair which meant he had no choice but to use his walker the entire time. He did really well all weekend. It's hard work for him and I know he gets so tired but he did great.
And no trip to MeMe's is complete until you take the riding low mower out for a spin. The boys had way too much fun.
Sitting by the water.
MeMe has a bit of land with some cattle so we took the boys to see the cows.
Caleb feeding one of the cows. I was so proud of him, in the past he has been very nervous around the cows because they are quite noisy when they all get to "moooing". He was still a bit anxious but he actually had fun this time.
Another side note: While we were out on the land feeding the cows Benjamin had to pee, so my big boy peed outside for the first time. I'm pretty sure that is a right of passage for boys. (I don't have a picture of that-which I am sure Benjamin will be thankful for)
I just thought this was so sweet. A mama and her baby. Ahhh.
Izzy Bell was totally in her element while we were there. She loved having all the space to run and explore (although she was terrified of the cows). And I mean terrified. It was hysterical. I guess if I was a 30 pound dog I would be pretty nervous around a bunch of huge cows! After all, she is a bird dog, not a cattle dog. :)
It was a really great weekend and the boys had so much fun.