Gammi and Pop came in to celebrate Easter with us and keep us company while Kaden was on Spring Break. It was a fantastic visit, as always. The kids fell a little more in love with the both of them...if that was even possible. As soon as they left Kaden was asking when we would get to see them again and when he could go to Kentucky. If he had it his way, I believe he'd move in with them!
While shoe shopping for Kaden at Nordstrom, Pop discovered Harrison's fascination with balloons.
Kaden and Pop started every morning snuggling in bed and watching a Curious George episode.
Kaden asked Pop to read to him at least twice a day.
Gammi and Pop took Kaden on an excursion to see the Sea Caves. Gammi reported that Kaden was unsure about the whole thing as there were several stairs, it was quite dark, and fairly loud. At the end of Gammi and Pop's visit, however, when we asked Kaden what he liked best, he said the Sea Caves. With Kaden, it takes a little coaxing to get over a fear. After that, he tends to love it.
Gammi found a giant box on the curb of our neighbors house that was left out for the recyclers. She decided that, before sending it to the recycling plant, we should repurpose it. Kaden, Gammi, and Pop did a lot of cutting and coloring and turned a simple cardboard box into a hideout, a fort, a pirate ship, and finally a space ship. This entertained Kaden every single day of his spring break. It's always been said that the simplest of things bring the most joy. Good thinking Gammi! Now, every other Monday, we keep our eyes peeled for other tossed out treasures!
Gammi and Pop went with us to one of Kaden's favorite spots, Sea World. Kaden showed them around as if it were his own personal aquarium. It was Harrison's first visit and he couldn't take his eyes off the animals - especially the orcas and the dolphins. It was fun watching him take it all in. When we first arrived, Kaden was tempted to touch the sharks in the new exhibit area, but he just couldn't quite get over his fear. On our way out, he wanted to give it another shot. The pride on his face after overcoming his fear made my heart burst. He just needs a little encouragement and to know someone (most of the time, his mama) is there.
Kaden got some special alone time with Gammi and Pop on an excursion to the Children's Museum. They got there via the trolley and came back via bus - this kid loves public transportation. I was really proud of Gammi and Pop for being up for the adventure and for expertly navigating San Diego. They said Kaden had a great time with all of the hands-on exhibits. All the fun clearly exhausted the little boy!