I love the McCarty kids. They are part mine. I love babysitting them, playing with them, watching them grow, seeing the new things they've learned, kissing their cheeks, tucking them in at night, saying their prayers, singing with them, spoiling them, and loving them. Last year I took Baby Girl to the zoo for some one-on-one time with Tee. Today, I took Baby Boy. We had so much fun. We got a late start because it was raining and I was waiting to see if it would clear up. It did. I'm so glad we went. It was sunny but not HOT. It stayed in the high 60s most of the time we were there. We didn't cover a lot of ground because Baby Boy was fascinated with each stop and it took some cajoling to go to a new place. He loved the petting zoo. He wanted to pet the sheep but they were in their "safe place" away from outstretched hands so we went to the goats instead. He had to pet each and every one. He didn't want to leave until he had given them all his undivided attention.
This boy is fascinated with balls. It is pretty much the only word that comes out of his mouth. We would go to exhibits and I would say, "Look Bubba, a monkey!" He would say, "Ball!" Sure enough, there was a ball in the pen for the animal to play with. We stopped at a pig pen. I said, "Look Bubba, a pig!" He said, "Ball." I said, "No, there's no ball in the pig pen." He said, "Ball." Sure enough...upon closer inspection, guess what was there? He doesn't miss a thing.
When I took Baby Girl to the zoo, she loved the carousel. Baby Boy wanted nothing to do with it. He puckered up his little face and shook his head no so we went to the zoo store instead and bought him a lion. On our way home we stopped at Jack-in-the-Box and shared a chicken nugget meal. Once we were back in the car we sang Baa, Baa Black Sheep and Row, Row, Row Your Boat. I taught him to sing opera and he would match me note for note. We also made fish lips at each other in the rearview mirror and laughed and laughed. Guess what else? He is finally saying Tee! He's always known who I was. If I asked him, "Where's Tee?" he would point at me but today, after lots of fun, he was saying it in the car. Little goober. He was determined to do it on his own terms.
Here are some pictures from our day together:
My favorite picture in the history of EVER!!!