We've been hanging out a lot with our neighbors this past week. Our little friend Carly (10 going on 11 soon) is a burst of sunshine energy on even our most mundane days. Sometimes serious Parker doesn't quite get this giggly high-strung girl, but he tolerates her on his grumpy days and has a blast with her on his own high-energy days.
Parker LOVES going to Carly's soccer games. He's been to two so far (last Saturday and yesterday). He watches the girls play and imitates the coach and yells nonsense at them very sternly. There's also a park with sand attached to the soccer field, so Parker is all about that.
Parker also sometimes plays with his other neighbor, Liam. They are funny together because they're both kind of serious guys. Although he doesn't look like it, Liam is almost 5 months younger than Parker. I think Parker realizes it because he tries to show Liam how to do things (his way). And he tries to bribe Liam with his toys so he can get a hold of Liam's toys.
Parker also had fun visiting his friend Ethan's house for the first time this week. Parker was in awe of all the fun toys Ethan had. It was almost like being in Toys R Us! (Just teasing, Morgan, but I thought Parker had a lot of toys until I saw Ethan's stash)!
Parker is a lucky dude and got a new addition to his "toy" collection this week. We had ordered some potty training items online and the company accidentally sent us these really nice alphabet foam blocks (TWO sets of them). After inquiring with the company, they said we could keep them (a $60 value) for free! Parker loves them and has been impressing us this week with his knowledge of the alphabet (you can see bits of them in the pics above playing with Carly). He has quite a few alphabet books, but these have seemed to make a bigger impression on him. He knows almost all the names of the letters now!
We also took a short trip to the beach this week since it was really hot most days and Parker enjoyed feeding the seagulls. The last time we did this at this beach we got chewed out by a few locals, but this time the beach was practically empty so we escaped hearing any nasty comments. That's the OC for ya, I suppose. We left sooner than expected because Parker rubbed sand in his eyes and decided he'd had enough of the beach, thank you very much!
The last thing to note is that Parker has been singing a lot lately, and he always has to have a "microphone."
Rocking Out to U2