This past week Joseph turned three years old. That was hard enough for me to imagine, but the conversation I had with him on his birthday was enough to make me stop and reflect on what three years has really meant for all of us. When did Joseph stop being a baby and start being a little boy? When did he stop saying just a word or two and start having conversations? Spending time with him this weekend I realized he is growing up, fast. I noticed something else too. While visiting his cousins, Alex almost always gravitated toward Joseph, rather than any of the other children he was around. He watched what Joseph did, and then he tried to do it too. And it made me realize that before much longer, I’ll be wondering where the time with Alex has gone too.
Staying home with Alex hasn’t been easy every day. It hasn’t always turned out how I imagined it would, and it hasn’t always felt the way I expected. But even on the hardest days, it has always been rewarding. No matter how difficult our day may be, he always stops to smile at me, or hug me, or just touch my hand, on his way to explore or learn something new. And like my sister, I understand what it’s like to have a clingy child, (http://standingoverrunningwater.wordpress.com/2010/06/01/clinging%c2%a0children/
, but even on the days he cries and clings the most, it’s in my arms that he finds the most comfort, and that makes every moment worth it. These moments won’t last forver, and he’ll move on to other things and find other ways to deal with life, and I’ll be glad for every minute I stopped to share with him while I could.
Anyhow, if you’re interested in seeing Alex in action, and I say this because he really is constantly in motion – just ask our friend Amanda (http://www.whitneyleephotography.com/
) , who has done photo shoots with Alex for his milestone pictures – then continue on to the many pictures from his exciting weekend in Corpus for Joseph’s birthday and his first visit to the Gulf of Mexico! But keep in mind, it’s hard to get him to hold still for more than a second or two…
Here’s the birthday boy, Joseph, waiting for all of his guests to arrive at the party
Alex and Dustin, waiting for the party to begin
People starting to arrive
He’s not really tired, he’s just conserving energy for later
Just taking a break for a minute in the shade
Alex yelling at his daddy
Alex’s cousin, William
He paused, long enough for one picture
Since he’s a little short to reach the pinata, he got daddy’s help
Not sure if he likes swinging or not…
…decided maybe it’s not so bad
he hates hats – but for some reason he didn’t mind this one
it’s a look that’s hard to explain, but one he gives a lot
it was almost impossible to keep him in the shade, but here he is taking a break
the slide turned out to be a big hit
so he convinced us both to take a turn
again, and again
he wouldn’t get on it, he just kept patting it
One of Joseph’s new gifts was a kitchen. Alex might need one next.
Here’s Alex helping Joseph organize the pantry items
At the end of a fun, but long day, with no naps in sight, we opted for a walk through the mall. The guys are lost in conversation and oblivious to everything around them, so thankfully the kids were strapped in to their strollers and happy!
So while we were in Corpus we spent a few hours at Malaquite Beach on Sunday morning. This was Alex’s first trip to the Gulf Coast of Texas. Not sure he’s really ready for the waves yet, but he was a good sport and gave it a try.
Alex and Joseph having fun
Whatever is in that bucket must be pretty exciting because they spent a lot of time digging in it
William wore himself out on the way to the beach and took a quick nap before getting started