After last year's COVID-related lockdown, Miles was excited about heading down to Myrtle Beach to spend Christmas with Grammy and Papa. So excited, in fact, that he helped pack his suitcase so we could get out of the house faster. NOTE: It was not helpful. As is the norm when living with a toddler, it … Continue reading Year 4, Day 302
Grammy, Papa, and Uncle Ben headed home today, but before they left, Grammy was determined to have Miles show her around the neighborhood playground. It was a request he fulfilled with zeal and éclat. While also evidently filming a hip-hop video. On the playground, Miles was able to demonstrate just how active and versatile he … Continue reading Year 4, Day 275
In a Thanksgiving first*, we stayed home this year and hosted my parents and brother at our (yeah, still) new home. No lie -- it was nice to NOT drive for once! When I told Miles the day was starting with the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, he immediately asked why we weren't going to the … Continue reading Year 4, Day 273
Sometime earlier in the week, probably Wednesday, we started talking to Miles about our weekend plans. Specifically, we were heading to Myrtle Beach for a beachside memorial in honor of Jaclyn's father, after which we'd have a party in his memory. We'd be staying with my parents, and my brother and his wife -- whom … Continue reading Year 4, Day 121
It's been over a year now since we last drove to Myrtle Beach to see my parents, and while video chat has helped keep my parents in Miles's life, we thought that we would make a quick trip down for his birthday. Despite the eight hours of driving it meant for me today, everyone was … Continue reading Year 4, Day 2: Miles’s Third Birthday – Part 2
Miles received a Valentine's Day card from Grammy and Papa (and Uncle Ben) today, which was exciting enough for him, but then he opened the card to find something he hadn't really seen before. Yes, within the card was a crisp new five-spot. "What this?" Miles asked, holding the bill up. "That's money," I said. … Continue reading Year 3, Day 354
"Look! A picture of a raccoon and a picture of a possum!" "That's cool, buddy! Can you hold them up so I can see them? And smile?" Thanks to Grammy and Papa for sending along what are already two of Miles's favorite Christmas presents.
Tonight, Miles informed us that he wanted us to pack him in an extremely narrow box and ship him to Grammy's house. Hey, whatever it takes to see his grandparents in the time of COVID!
At some point earlier this week, it was brought to Jaclyn's attention that Miles could expect a gift arriving by parcel sometime this week. She made the critical error of sharing this with Miles at the time, unsurprisingly making it the object of his singular focus ever since. "Present comin'!" he's declared at all hours … Continue reading Year 3, Day 128
One of the joys of Facetiming with Papa is knowing that he'll pretend to eat a bluebird egg as many times as you want him to.