My 9 year old nephew, Charlie, has been with my husband and I for 5 weeks now and we’ve really had a great time. I make him pose for the camera so much that I now have to bribe him into it. The highlights have been our many trips to the beach. He is from Illinois, the same town I’m from. There are no beaches there unless you want to count a sandbar or two on the islands on the Mississippi. The extreme heat, sun or taste of saltwater can’t stop this hyperactive kid from getting all he can. We’ve been to Duxbury, Nantasket, Plymouth, and Scusset beaches and each one has its own charm.
Of course, this means he’s has gone everywhere with me. When asked if he’s having fun with Aunt Jenna he replied “eh, she just does chores, dishes and sleeps all the time.” I was humiliated! Especially since this was a business acquaintance. I quickly explained that he is extremely hyper and falls asleep after me and wakes up at 6am with Ben every day. I do not wake up that early but apparently he thinks I need to!
My favorite quote of this trip was when he brought up ligers. I informed him they don’t really exist outside of zoos because lions and tigers don’t naturally mate in the wild. “Ya huh”, he replied. “They kill animals and eat them together.” What?!? “They kill animals and eat them together, its like going on a date. First they eat dinner and then they mate. It’s just like dating.” I asked if he knew what mating was. He didn’t.
Here he is imitating my leg pictures.
In Central Square after a doctor appointment. I had to give him candy for him to stand here.
We sure are going to miss him!