We had lots of fun on this past long weekend including a trip to the zoo, a family fun fair on post, family photos, and just lots of playing outside. I can say that I am very proud of what a good boy Ryan is (most of the time). I realized while he was playing in the bouncy house at the fair, that I may have actually done something right. Ryan was bouncing and bouncing having so much fun in there, and every time he passed another little kid he made sure to say "'scuse me". He was also one of the few little kids in there that didn't shove everyone else. (He was shoved around a lot by a little girl in a ballerina outfit. ;) Now, don't get me wrong, my kid isn't perfect. In fact I'm leaving out the part where he made two kids cry within five minutes by accidentally colliding with them, but accidents happen, right? I also think it is too cute when Ryan says "goo", which is his word for thank you. He will even say "'scuse me" after he burps. So I can breath slightly easier for just a second and feel accomplished that I'm on the right track parenting him.
However, I think that we lose a bit of credibility as parents when we call our youngest son, "Bubbah" in public all the time. I wonder what people are thinking of us. We aren't hillbillies, the nickname came about from the way Ryan says "baby". From the time we introduced the boys, Ryan's been calling Sean "Bubbah", and after a while it caught on with everyone. I'm starting to make an effort to make it known that his name is Sean and not Bubbah. Once in a while Ryan will call him "Gone", which I guess is better than Bubbah, so we are getting there.
Time is flying by, and at this point I'd like to have a slow motion button to press. Pat leaves next month. Thankfully we still have block leave to look forward to before the goodbye arrives. We are planning a little trip down to Atlanta. We've never been, and since we're driving with kids we wanted to keep the drive relatively short. Has anyone been to ATL? I will say that I'm a little apprehensive about the hotel stay and all the eating out that we'll be doing with the kids, but I must conquer my fear. I'm sure we'll have an awesome time.