July 4 … Everything’s peachy!

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Uncle Tad and Aunt Nicole and cousins Eli and Max and Lucie drove over from New Orleans to spend the Fourth of July with us. They got here after Thomas had gone to bed, so he got to be surprised when all these new people kept coming in during breakfast. He also got to have a Chilton County peach, because Mama’s friends who are peach farmers in Alabama have a stand at the farmers market in New Orleans and Uncle Tad went over on Tuesday morning and picked some up to bring out to Texas. Mmmm, Chilton County peaches.

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Then the cousins started getting up and Thomas was very excited. Here he is with Lucie, who at 16 months is the Queen Of All She Surveys, and Thomas was more than pleased to be her courtier.IMG_6335

William got a very determined grasp on his little flag.IMG_6419

 

And then there were brotherly bubbles to round out the afternoon.

 

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June 30 … Fire truck!

 

 

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Our neighborhood got together and paid for a fire road, and to celebrate, the local fire department brought a big fire truck to the party. Thomas was a little leery of it, because it was just kind of BIG, but loved the sirens and the shine on the front bumper.IMG_6229

Earlier in the day, his friend Jonah came up and there was much running around and good-time having. Jonah’s mama Julie is pretty good with the sidewalk chalk.

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And William hung out and watched, being his usual mellow little self, and Thomas made things blurry by being his usual boy-in-motion little self.

June 29 … Daddy’s boyz

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Occasionally Daddy finds himself with a lapful of boys. This morning was one of those times.IMG_6192

William loves to hear his daddy’s voice.IMG_6208And Thomas loves to abscond with Daddy’s caps. Here he’s a blur of a boy, dancing his Daddy-hatted head off as Radiohead performs Idioteque (known hereabouts as “The Beepy Song”).

 

June 28 … Going bananas

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Cooking has progressed from stirring the hummingbird nectar to mushing some bananas and using the cinnamon mill and stirring in the KitchenAid. The mill-grinding is the best part.

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When we were all done, we had some dairy-free banana cookies! It was a big experiment and not likely to be repeated. Dry. Remarkably dry, for a recipe with four very ripe bananas in it.

IMG_6178William actually was enjoying sitting with us on the couch, a lot more than it looks like. Thomas was showing off for him, playing the guitar like Stevie Ray.

 

June 26 … Hanging out

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William is becoming ever more aware of his brother and all the rest of his surroundings, but particularly his brother.

IMG_6093 IMG_6102Meanwhile, while Thomas started to learn about cooking (we began with hummingbird food, one part sugar to four parts water, heat and stir to dissolve the sugar), William deigned to nap in the Moby Wrap. This doesn’t happen as often as Mama or the makers of Moby Wrap might like.