Last week, Jude and I spent several days with my parents. We try to go there for a bit at least once a summer. This year, Jude has gone twice. It's one of my favorite places. Not because there is anything particularly special, but because my parents are some of the most unrushed people I know. Things just always feel so calm and easy there, which I miss in my 'real life'. Sometimes I think that's really what home is about- this place that seems to make time stand still. I didn't grow up there, but having my parents there makes it home.
We spent the days doing not a whole lot more than hanging out by the pool, reading, and cooking dinner. 90% of the time is spent outside. We eat lunch and dinner outside. Jude and my mom were always outside when I got up in the morning. (Cheers to sleeping in btw- thanks mom!) It's just so pleasant.
My mom is a huge fan of having fruit in the house. This picture just says it all- laying around outside with fruit. Just exactly what summer is supposed to look like and taste like.
One thing that Jude has started lately, is differentiating gender. He loves to point out that I probably like the girl Bubble Guppies the best, but he loves the boys. Things like that. Things that show he is identifying with gender differences.
This is pretty normal for this age- at least as far as Freud is concerned. I keep having flashbacks to my child psychology classes, because Jude is clearly going through his Oedipus complex phase. In the twisted Freud terms that means Jude is in love with me and so decides to be like a guy because he loves me. Gross. In real life terms, it means he is realizing that he is separate and different from me, so he is identifying with the male gender which is like him. Age appropriate- supposed to happen around 4. And sorry this is so geeked out, but it fascinates me to watch this unfold quite like I learned about 10 years ago in college.
Anyway, Jude sat in the pool and ate just like Pops (my dad). After this picture was taken, he decided that orange popsicles were his favorite because they are Pops' favorite. Jude no longer likes purple popsicles because Pops doesn't like them. You get the idea. The cutest though was when we all went to buy my birthday present, which was a tent. My dad was carrying it through the store perched on his shoulder. While at the store, we also got Jude a sleeping bag. And guess how Jude had to carry his sleeping bag? Perched on top of his shoulder just like Pops. What a little man! The cutest. I apologize profusely for not taking a picture. :(
In other manly events, Jude kept it classy by being shirtless with his pants hanging down and his underwear showing in public. One night we ate dinner along Lake Houston, which is by my parents house. They have this mini splash pad in the middle of all these restaurants along the lake. It's really a fantastic setting. Plus it's free. Jude enjoyed following the older girl around the most ;) Those 7 year old girls are pretty awesome in his opinion.
Saturday we did something 'fun' since my dad was off. We took Jude to the Houston Children's Museum, which was new for him. At first, I was a little unsure about it because all the areas seemed geared to older kids. We did finally find the younger kid section though, and it got much better. As far as exhibits go, I think his fave was the golf balls. Basically you roll them over ramps and learn about whatever physics are involved with balls. My dad was also thrilled.
My mom and I were in the corner with confused looks on our faces. We do not do physics. Side note- the issues I had in chemistry and physics and biology in high school were literally ridiculous. For whatever reason, I managed to always have class with my friend Amy, and we literally ruined every experiment.
* acid burns on a sweater? check
* passed out during a dissection? check
* mouse trap car that didn't move a millimeter? check
* rocket that would not launch? check
* choking on gas because we forgot to turn it off? check
Jude loves science. All I know is that that is NOT from me! I digress...
His second favorite thing was this play involving superheroes and a mystery bandit. He is all over the superheroes these days. Technically, he doesn't watch these with me, but boys just seem to know this stuff!
At the end, they invite the kids to get on stage with them. Jude rushed the stage. He had no inhibitions about dancing and being seen by all. Again, he did not get this from me. I am so so shy. But he loved it- and I love that about him. He knows no strangers, and immediately embraces everyone. It's pretty amazing :)
He took a pic with 'Telephone Man' who he is now obsessed with.
As well as some of the 'everyday superheroes' from the play. Yea! Overall, it was just a wonderful, relaxing long weekend. I'm already missing my parents and wishing for the ease of life at their house.