+ the pioneer day parade. we love to watch it from my mom's seven story balcony. she serves up a french toast casserole and a trunk of dress-ups. her sticker mister mustaches were a huge hit. their stoic faces crack me up. thanks oma and opa! on a related note, as we go about errands, benji loves telling me who has a mustache and who doesn't. i think the people in his life sporting facial hair must sit on a special pedestal. of course when he is being hysterical, he says, mommy has a mustache! and then i'll quickly change the subject. that's no laughing matter.
+ one of the days during dan's family reunion, we headed to Lagoon. the morning of, i watched (and semi-helped) my mother-in-law package up lunches for the masses. it was awesome seeing her (a picnicking expert) in action. she even scooped up fresh mint from her garden for garnish! she froze water bottles and wrapped them up in plastic baggies so the condensation wouldn't ruin the lunch sacks. they served double duty as an ice pack and drink. it worked like a charm. benji loved the cars and boats. dan headed to colossus (a roller coaster favorite) while benji napped. my fave is the new bombora coaster and rattlesnake rapids. benji is still talking about pioneer village and the train ride. i forgot how fun amusement parks can be, especially with a little cousin bonding.
+ an evening with great-grandma bernice and her biggest littlest fan.
p.s. the navy reunion tee (and hats of all shapes and sizes) have been in heavy rotation this month!