When someone else is behind the camera and offers to take our picture, I jump at the chance! Lukas' little friend Claire just turned one and Lukas was really excited to sing to her and give her a gift. He rode his bike the 1/2 mile to the park and was thrilled to down a few brownie cupcakes (HAVE to remember that idea: Baking brownies in cupcake papers!)
By the time we got home his cheeks were so red from the heat, and from running around, that a jump in the pool was in order. Remember this picture from TWO YEARS ago?? We did redo pics of the flying boy, and I was thrilled that his new bathing suit came in the mail THIS day! It covers much of his super-whiteness that burns so easily, and lets him run around and play without all of us slathering him slippery silly all the time. He did lots of flying, lots of kicking at the sides, and even climbed out on the side all by himself- I didn't expect that at all. He's sure lucky that Jared would jump in with him (and practice all his skills from last year) since the water couldn't have been warmer than 60 degrees.
Lukas and I capped off the day by heading to a park to play and hang out while another family celebrated a kiddo turning a year older, and he enjoyed a new space, got to see a huge spider, and crawled across lots of tires all by himself after a bigger boy from our ward showed him how (priceless!)
Helping Hands project + good nap + party + pool + playground = one pretty awesome day. (And one tired mom!)