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Bailey Bug
July 24, 2006, 10:01 pm
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My nephew Bailey has been staying with us since Friday night. He goes home tomorrow, but we sure have been glad to have him here with us. We weren’t able to make it to his birthday party (he’s six this year), so we offered a fun-filled weekend with Aunt Lauri and Uncle Todd in return. And fun it has been.

B got in Friday night and we went for a late dinner. Saturday morning, we got up and went to Todd’s brother’s soccer game. Our friend Meg brought her kids along (Anne – 7, Aidan – 5, Mary – 2, and Peter, my godchild who still counts his age in weeks.) The kids spent most of the game in the woods with Todd, hunting roly-poly bugs and checking out some city nature. I just sat, looking at the soccer match, wondering what I’d do if B were covered in ticks and chiggers. They haven’t eaten him alive yet, so I assume he’s clean.

After the soccer game we took Bailey, Anne and Aidan to Chuck-E-Cheese. Oh how much fun Chuck-E-Cheese is. It’s the first time I’ve been since I was B’s age, probably. I remember it being MUCH bigger and darker. Reallydark with lots of lights like a “kid casino” or something. But now it’s bright – and they don’t have those nasty balls to play in. We played skee ball, soccer, basketball, roller coaster-simulated rides, and a firefighter game. Of course, Todd and I stuck to the games we could either fit into or maneuver with our adult, giant-like hands. We won a bunch of tickets and awarded them to the kids at the end of the day for being so good. You’d think they struck gold or something – TICKETS! Of course, with all the tickets they won, combined with ours, they still only got a few really cheap plastic toys that broke before we made it back to the car.


After Chuck-E-Cheese, we got some frozen yogurt then headed home. The next morning we went to church and had every intention of going to a water park after lunch. We stopped at Todd’s parents’ house to get our bag of sunscreen and as soon as B spotted the pool and the 7-8 “Super Soaker” water guns, he decided he’d rather swim there for the day.

So we did – the same kids joined us (the little ones watching the soccer game and the big ones playing in the soccer game) and it ended up being a really good time. (On a personal note, I wore sunscreen for the first time in years and remembered why I don’t wear it. Because you don’t tan. Ixnay on that from now on.)

After pool time, Todd, Bailey, Anne, Aidan and I dried off and headed to the movies to see “Monster House” – an animated feature for kids. Well, I thought it was for kids. Halfway through the movie I had one kid in my lap, one kid latched onto my arm, and one kid was in Todd’s lap. It was a little scary. That, and, they said things like “hairy butt” and “puberty”. Try explaining PUBERTY to a six year-old. After the movie we took Aidan and Bailey to our place for a slumber party. Bailey and Aidan were the two ring bearers in our wedding, they remembered each other from a year ago, but have become great friends this weekend.

kids-rehearsaljpg.jpg  pirates.jpg

That brings us to last night and today. I worked from home today and let the boys play with (terrorize) Jack, watch movies and play video games. And eat. Boys sure do eat a lot.

So my sister is coming to get Bailey in the morning and I think that I’m going to miss him. He’s the most pleasant and gracious little boy. He’s sweet and naive and innocent and all those wonderful kid characteristics wrapped into one perfect boy. Not to mention adorable and stylish. Tomorrow she’ll be bringing him a huge surprise – a puppy – to take home with him. This will make him so happy, considering that when I asked him what the BEST part of his weekend was with us, his answer was, “Being at your house. Because you have stairs and a dog to play with.”

Sweet thing.



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The pirate eye patch picture is the sweetest. So, so precious.

Comment by amber

Well, Bailey Bug had a great time with you guys! And his Mom & Dad enjoyed some grown -up time too. Thanks for having him there and providing lots of entertainment, he had a blast. He is really loving his new dog, although he is having a tough time remembering his name.

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