This picture captures perfectly how Ethan feels about being a daddy. Unfortunately, it doesn't capture the kid's true feelings about having Ethan for a daddy. Anna and Ben-Ben were not in the mood for pictures, obviously. Benjamin just had his shoes put on, so of course he thought we were leaving immediately. Despite what the forced Father's Day pictures show, we LOVE Ethan. He is such a great Dad. He's very hands on, incredibly helpful (not just with the wee ones, but with house stuff too), and makes so much time for his family...even though he's in the middle of a difficult, time-consuming graduate program. I, we, appreciate and love him sooooooo much! When I asked Anna what she loves about her daddy, she said, "I love when he plays Polly Pockets with me, and when he plays everything with me. I like when he reads books to me, and he sings to me at nighttime." I think Ben would answer similarly, except the Polly Pocket comment...not that he wouldn't love to play with those (he LOVES anything that Anna does or has, and wants to be where she is), he's just not allowed because of the millions of little choking pieces involved. Benjamin loves when Ethan chases him, reads to him, builds towers with him, and goes out "exploring" with him.
A few more daddy-kiddie pictures. The first one is blurry, but I like it because it shows how Anna was trying to hide behind Ethan, and not be in the picture...we tried to trick her. The middle one is a cutie of father-son in matching outfits. Really it was unplanned, but cute nonetheless. Oh, and to show our appreciation to Ethan, Anna and I wrote him a sweet card, got him a huge chocolate bar that he of course needed to share with us, and bought some yummy steaks to make for dinner.
My mom was visiting for a few days this last week, and I totally dropped the ball on picture taking. But this is what we did: Swimming, Children's Museum, parks, some good finds at a few garage sales (including a bike for Anna!!!), the mall, a movie date (Anna and Grammy went to see Up), playing, cooking, a haircut for Anna, and the graduation party for my cousin, Virginia. AND Ethan and I had a rare date night, in that we actually went somewhere. Wheeee! We went to a movie, and it'd been over a year since we'd seen a movie in the theater. The best part is that we live right next to a dollar cinema and finally got to go. Fun, fun.
Okay, back to the haircut. I was surprised that it was so traumatic for me. If you scroll down through previous posts, you can see that Anna's hair was about four or five inches longer before this cut. I'd thought about her getting a short cut, but had decided that I just wanted her to have a trim and some bangs. Well, I made the mistake of asking what she wanted, and she said, "Short hair. Short, short." She then went on to say she wanted short hair like me. (I may start growing mine out now...it's been short for years. :) I want Anna to be able to make her own decisions on things like this...not force what I want...so my mom did it. I was so sad, and really, really missed her long hair for a day or two. I know, crazy. I told Anna her new hair was cute, but that I missed her long hair and she said, "It's ok mama, I like this, and my old hair is in the trash." Yep. She's had so many compliments on her hair, and I do love it now. Seriously, it's so adorable. It looks super cute in a headband (see above) and super, SUPER cute in pigtails, especially with bows. (Anna has pigtails in the father's day pictures, but you can't really see them.) Ah, enough about haircuts. :) I'll have to come up with more interesting things to journal about for next week's blog. Until then, have a beautiful week.