Normally, when I am a month behind in blog posts, I try to forget everything that happened in that month and start fresh. It would be impossible to do that this time. Earlier this month, we spent a week in Navarre Beach, FL with Atticus' family. This was our best beach trip as a family. Not only were our boys both able to enjoy the beach much more this time around, we all loved spending time with their cousin, my niece, Madeline. It was so much fun to watch the three of the kids interact together daily, from morning until night. I was thrilled to see Finnan stepping up and taking on the role of the oldest. Although he would initially get frustrated when Madeline would take apart his MegaBlok creations (something he really does take quite seriously), he would be able to compose himself and speak in very soft, sweet tones to Madeline: "Here, Madeline, let me help you [gently taking her block holding hand and moving it toward the building], let me show you how to do this. That's right. Want to get another block?" Jude and Madeline are ten months apart and definitely potential trouble together in the coming years. They spent time racing Madeline's baby stroller around the condo, vying for Paw-Paw's attention, feeding each other snacks, giving each other hugs and starting to work out tame wrestling matches. Needless to say they loved spending time with Maddie and continue to ask about her. I know these trips are going to get more and more fun as they get older and we get to see their relationships further develop.
More on the trip and pictures to follow!