War Eagle! A few things:
One of Turner's teachers told me that she leaned down to kiss him yesterday and he licked her. Of course. Then, just now I leaned down to kiss Burt Burt (Turner's new name for John Burke), and he licked me!! What is up with that??
Last weekend we went to the Mount Laurel Fall Festival. We saw grown men dressed as Ghostbusters. Heath asked them "Who ya gonna call?" not once but twice throughout the day. They emphatically shouted "Call us!!" both times. Wow - I meant to get a picture of them. It was so stinkin' hot outside, but were able to see many friends and even ride the hayride. I was definitely the mom chasing the hayride down the road for the first picture of Turner enjoying a hayride. The husband of a girl I used to work with was laughing at me pretty hard, and told me once I saw them.
Some sweet girls I used to teach
Then on Sunday, Heath went to Atlanta with a friend to watch one of the last Braves games that Bobby Cox coached. He had a ball, and we ended up playing with Kate and Blake (and sleeping at their house) for the afternoon. I worked at church Sunday morning, so Turner rode to church with his beloved "DADDY!!". When he walked in the church, someone had dressed him in a red outfit with smocked gingerbread men and lollipops. Does that scream Christmas to anyone else? When they walked in the door of the nursery, I said "Merry Christmas." Heath had no idea what I was talking about. His teachers noticed, but sadly they have seen him in everything, so I wasn't embarrassed. It made me laugh really hard. Heath said that next time I should be more specific about what I want him to wear. However, Aunt Lindsey noticed right when we walked in her door! Merry Christmas early??
I almost forgot that we went to the zoo on Monday. Uncle Derek was off of work, so the 3 Starr kids took the 5 grandkids to the zoo. Lindsey made the comment that we looked like polygamists. Inappropriate to write, I know. But, she was right. Derek was helping with holding all the doors, carrying bags and babies when we needed and entertaining the children when necessary. It didn't hurt that Turner followed him around saying "Daddy". He is confused. I laugh as I type this, because Derek corrected him several times, and then realized he wasn't going to stop. So he went with it. But, I am sometimes "Daddy" and so are Turner's teachers at school, so who knows??
Kate, Blake and Chloe giraffes
Turner is finally starting to notice the animals at the zoo. However, we are still working on calling them dogs. Lindsey and Derek and I were cracking up as he looked at the rhinos with such excitement and yelled "DOGS!!" One day he will tell the difference, one day.
Turner helping Chloe through the zoo
Kate and Blake loved the gorilla. He was huge and kinda freaky because he was half asleep, and then he would open his eyes and stare at us. Turner liked the waterfall by him better. His favorite things were lemurs/spider monkeys/this nasty squirrel that would jump around.
This kept his attention more. And this was the view by the tiger's cage. Derek MADE me take a picture. She was serious.
On another note,
this stinker is such a different baby than Turner. He is much stronger and has a little bit more of a temper. But, he has a sense of humor! He loves to pull my hair, and it really hurts. I will scream, and he laughs and laughs. And he thinks Turner is pretty hilarious. He is such a grabber - much more than Turner was. He knocks over plates and cups from my hand, and he tries to put crackers and things in his mouth. Probably because Miss Kina let him try a cheese puff at school. She said he liked it. I am sure - but we are not jumping to food like that just yet!! Let me have my baby a little longer!!
Turner is finally noticing John Burke. Yesterday, the baby was awake earlier than Turner. He was hanging out in my bed as I got Turner up. I pretended like I lost John Burke and started saying, "Where is the baby?" He dropped everything and ran to my bed. He started pointing and saying "Baby Burt Burt!!" Oh, so he does acknowledge him. I can't tell when he says "Burt Burt" if he is trying to say "Brother" or "John Burke" or a combination. But it is funny.
Then, he wanted to sit in the bed and read a book to him. Fine with me - then I can get ready easier!!
Today I put them in the bath together for the first time. Honestly it was because I never get around to bathing the baby as often as I would like. His tub has been in my room, and he is asleep whenever I remember he hasn't been bathed that day. (Total second child thing - I used to love to bathe Turner almost daily at this age. Poor second child!) Anyway, John Burke loved it! Even though he kept having someone's bottom in his face!! The thought occurred to me that he will never know a world where he is not kicked, or doesn't have brother in his face all the time. Oh well.
Randomly, the Sarah McLachlan song "I will remember you" is on one of the tivoed shows I am watching right now during naptime. Oh, the memories from high school and BCS prom! (I am sad Gina is out of town right now, or she would hop right on commenting about that). Ha - I wish I had a picture. I will leave you with this - "Don't let your life, pass you by. Weep not for the memories..." :)