Sunday, December 03, 2006

Weekend with Marley

On Wednesday, my brother and sister-in law gave birth to a cutie pie, Austin Clinton. So Adam and I volunteered to take my 2 year old niece, Marley, for a few days so they could adjust to the new baby and enjoy some quiet time with him. We picked Marley up on Thursday night, and enjoyed a 1.5 hour car ride of "sing-along" time! Marley knows so many songs: Mary Had A Little Lamb, Twinkle Twinkly Little Star, ABCs, Rudolph, Jingle Bells.....then she conked out. We headed to my Mom's house b/c she had Jackson, and when we got their, Marley woke up, saw the "Kissimiss" tree and then was wide awake until 12:30!! That was the easy day...then came Friday! Marley is very smart and always asking questions! And she absolutely loves Jackson--always asking "Where's Jackson? Jackson sleeping? Ah, Jackson crying, he sad..." Then came, "Where's Uncle Agee? Uncle Agee at work? Miss Netty house? I go upstairs. Jackson eating? Why? Milk in the booby?" I can't help but laugh about that one! But we stifled some of that energy with coloring, and watching A Bug's Life, making paper-bag puppets, and taking LOTS of pictures! I had to keep reminding myself that she is only 2 (she seems so much older) and really doesn't have the concept of "coloring in the lines" or "drawing people" so we stuck to just scribbling in different colors...she's a pro! During the day, my mom's neighbor Karl came over and to get Jackson to laugh, starting singing "Woop! Woop! Back that thing up!" Jackson cracked up! And the best part is that Marley starting singing it too! My mom said "Woop! Woop!" and Marley from the living room yelled, "Back that thing up!" It was hillarious! Also through out the entire day, we heard "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer" played over and over again. We have a little Rudolph that if you push it's ear, the nose lights up and sings, and Marley knows the song, so she wanted to sing and dance all day! Needless to say it almost lost it's batteries toward the afternoon!

Adam got home from work and we decided to stay an extra night at Mom's. Marley needed a bath, and wanted Jackson to take a bath with her. So Adam put on a bathing suit and jumped in the tub with both of them! It was super cute! He's a great unlce and a great dad--I think he likes being a little kid sometimes!

Our time with Marley was short, and so much fun! It was a real eye opener as to what having 2 kids is going to be like...we might be waiting to have our second for a few more years! I think we'll stick to spoiling Jackson and Marley for right now!

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