Saturday, July 11, 2009

Toddler time

This Friday afternoon we had a play date with our cousins - Caroline and Sophie! We get together as a larger family fairly often, but this time it was just me, my sister Amy, her husband Jackie and the children. Amy has been very good about bringing the girls to visit since they live more than an hour away and this was our first non occasion visit to their house. Caroline is 2 1/2 and Sophie is 18 months and the boys are now 14 months. When the boys were born the age difference seemed huge. Caroline was walking and talking and Sophie was sitting up and our little guys were so tiny. But now the gap seems so much smaller. With 4 out of the 5 walking and everybody doing some talking it is so fun to see them interact!

The boys and I had a blast. Here are some photos from our visit.
Auntie Amy feeds Brett with help from Caroline (holding bottle) and Sophie (Peyton is supervising in the background)
Brett and Sophie playing together
Caroline, nostalgic for her baby days, wanted a turn in the saucer - Peyton thought that was so funny! He also enjoyed batting at her adorable pony tails.
Sophie makes sure everyone is ready for our walk. With a triple stroller full of boys and a double with two girls we got a lot of attention!
Jackson loves to sit in chairs and this seemed to be a big hit a miniature version of an overstuffed chair - he must have climbed in and out a dozen times!
Uncle Jackie played the piano for Brett - he LOVES music and the piano calmed him so much! I said maybe we need a piano, but then realized we would need a player too!
Before we hit the road Uncle Jackie got out his guitar and sang some favorites. Peyton wasn't too sure about the guitar and crawled down a few seconds later but enjoyed listening and clapping from the floor.


At July 12, 2009 at 11:54 AM , Blogger Sandie-Matthew's Mom said...

What a wonderful playtime for all of the kids to be together and socialize. The pictures are adorable.

It's so great that the boys Uncle Jackie engaged the kids in music with the piano and guitar.

As soon as I read that Brett LOVES music and that you thought about getting a piano, I wanted to tell you that my own son, Matthew, also LOVES music and has from the time that he was about Brett's age. We actually got Matthew a casio keyboard when he was a baby and he played with it until it didn't work anymore a few years later. We bought him another casio keyboard with full size keys and he has been playing it for years. It is a Casio LK 35 with 100 song tunes, 100 rhythms, 100 tones and red light up keys so that a child can follow the keys to play a song. It's one of his most favorite things to do. We just keep it on the floor in his bedroom. I found that he learned more easily if something was made into a song...there's just something about music and singing that helps to make connections more easily than mere spoken words alone.


At July 14, 2009 at 6:48 AM , Blogger Jennifer said...

What a fun playdate, and it's only going to get more fun as all the cousins get older. Your family is set to have good times for years and years to come!


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