December 4, 2013 by travelingsole
In October I got to babysit my little “nephews” more than normal. To keep things interesting for all involved I decided to take them on a few adventures.
The boys are both obsessed with animals. Especially wild animals. The National Geographic youtube channel has gotten a lot of views from those two. I have to limit them. I think they’ve watched the Honey Badger 50 times at least.
Because I know how much they love animals I thought they might like to go to the zoo. I made the mistake of mentioning this idea to the boys a couple weeks before the actual trip and they couldn’t stop asking when we were going to go. Thankfully there was an abnormally warm day that made it possible to go.
Felix enjoyed the animals but I don’t think he could quite grasp everything. Michael on the other hand couldn’t sit still. From one enclosure to the next. Toward the end of the day even when his legs were getting tired, he still wanted to stay longer.
The next adventure was the library. They don’t remember ever having been to the library before. It was wonderful to see the library with “new eyes”.
Riding in the Combine
Felix loves combines. One day I decided to take them to ride the combine in the field.
Felix lasted about 10 minutes before fell asleep. Michael was out in 25 minutes. It’s like being inside a giant white noise machine. Even I got groggy.
I love these boys if you can’t tell. Felix can’t say my name properly. It comes out sounding like Areen. He’ll put his soft little hand on my arm and say “Areen, Areen” whenever he finds anything half way exciting. Reading books to him is always interesting. Every few seconds “Areen, Areen” as he points to something on the page. He doesn’t stop until you acknowledge his excitement.
Michael goes through phases of ignoring me and loving me. I have teaching moments with him sometimes. We are working on “Please, Thank you, and Excuse me” right now. It doesn’t take much to discipline him. He is very sensitive so getting him to look you in the eyes is key. Eye contact and a simple no is all that’s needed most times.
I’m always trying to find the balance of letting them be boys and not letting them get away with too much. Both of the are angels most of the time. Their little hugs are what get me through.