Jul 15, 2009

Climbing, et cetera

My sister is here this week, and my parents arrive tomorrow night. I might be slower to post while they're here, and because I'm working, I probably won't have many pictures until the weekend.

But to tide you over, here are some pictures of the boys with "Gigi" (short for "Great Grandmother"), because they know it's so important to get pictures with her every time we visit, as well of several of them climbing trees and running around her backyard last week when we visited her on the way to the beach.

I love these pictures of her with the boys, because they were just having fun with her, and they were making each other laugh.

These sweet moments with their Gigi make me so happy, that they'll have this to look back on one day when she's gone. I wish we'd been able to spend more than just a few hours with her over two days, but her arthritis has been making things difficult for her, and the energy that we bring with us is overwhelming for her.

She DOES love to watch them play in her backyard, though, and they are happy to oblige. It's nice to let them run out some of their energy before we get back in the car, and she has a wonderful climbing tree that they remember from year to year.
Nathaniel started out by showing Jake the ropes, since he was only 12 weeks old the last time we were there.

And by "ropes," I mean "bushes."

Nick wasted no time getting up that tree.

Nathaniel joined him as soon as he felt like Jake was OK by himself wandering the perimeter.

Up and down the tree they climbed, levering themselves out on branches and dropping to the ground. Jake continued to explore.

Once Jake had tired of the 100-degree weather, he came racing toward me as fast as his little legs would allow him to toddle so that I could take him inside to see how child-proof Gigi's house was (not).

Traveling, playing and tree climbing ... synonymous with summer to us ...


melanie said...

I love these photos! It looks like they are climbing a Mimosa tree. The best climbing trees ever! My grandmother had one and I have great memories of all us kids climbing it. I planted one smack dab in the middle of my front yard just so I could look out and relive those wonderful times.

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

I don't know if it's a mimosa tree or not, but they LOVE it. When we talk about going to Gigi's house, they always ask about climbing that tree. It's especially nice at their young ages, because it's an easy climb and not too far off the ground.

Leslie said...

Gigi looks great!

Our kids love to climb the cherry tree in our front yard, but I don't think they are as adept at it as your boys look! They are little monkeys!

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

Leslie, yep, they really ARE like monkeys. Sometimes they make me nervous with their daredevil climbing.

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