Bella and Christian both love the singer Alec Benjamin. Back in May Bella told me that he was coming to Detroit to the Masonic Temple and we should get tickets. She told me later that she fully expected me to say no, but was shocked when I said yes and bought some. At the time Sept 30 felt like an eternity away but it finally arrived and, although I was nervous about a lot of the details logistically (parking, long lines, crowds, downtown Detroit at night), none of those things ended up being an issue at all. It was all seamless and fun. We got there in plenty of time to be near the front of the line to get in and at front of the merch line so Bella could buy an overpriced t-shirt. (You can't go to a concert and not buy an overpriced concert t-shirt!) We also got great seats in the balcony which my old body and my introverted children much preferred to the standing-room only mosh pit area in front of the stage. The only downside to the whole thing were the girls behind us who kept screeching at top volume after every song and the two girls in front of us to kept standing up at random times and blocking our view. Overall, I think the kids decided that they were glad to have gone. It was a lot of fun to listen to him personally play his music and experience the show aspect of things and see more of his style and personality than you can on spotify, but will stick to listening at home in the future where you can get the music without all the crazy fans.
Christian has decided he'd like to join the school band. He promised me he'd never do that because I'm so tired of kids in band and all the work and time that involves. He was almost nervous when he told me and apologized about it but said he really thought it would be fun. I was initially peeved at the cost of renting the bell-kit yet again!! However, I'm happy for him that he wants to do this and I'm sure it'll be a lot of fun for him. Also, it's meant that Benjamin now has a brother in percussion and he's been so sweet about teaching him. They've been playing together and talking about it all the time. It's the most I've seen them interact in a long time and it's so heart warming. Benjamin even said today, "it's really too bad you're not a freshman so that we could be in drumline together. That would be fun." Never thought I'd hear that. So sweet. Peter has also loved having the bell kit at home again. It's a fun instrument to play.
Christian has been enjoying soccer again this season. I made sure he was placed with a different coach and a couple old teammates have joined him on his new team. Only sad part is the nearly all the games are on Sunday, so he's only playing in two games all season. Thankfully the coach has been very understanding.
This is what it looks like when mom is too cheap to pay the $30/season for professional team photos. She stands behind the photographer and secretly snaps her own photo. Then she forces you to pose in the back yard for the individual shot. :)
A couple cute Peter photos from the week:
This was the closest I've come to getting a dog in my entire time as a mom. Our friend Thea was dog sitting and Peter fell in love with the dog, Rooney. They were so cute together, playing, wrestling, watching the garbage truck, etc. I was so sad I didn't have my phone with me to get pictures of the cuteness. I finally went and got it, but I'd missed the best part. When Christian found out, he said, "Don't you dare get a dog for Peter after we move out! We've wanted one all this time and you'll get one when we're gone, won't you?!" "He's going to be so lonely," I responded, teasingly. "Then get one now!" he demanded. No, let this be my witness, I will never get a dog. I just think we should dog sit from time to time. :)
Peter stopped napping at the beginning of Summer but that doesn't stop him from falling asleep at random times now and again. Here he was listening to Bella's piano lesson and the music soothed him right to sleep.
Peter has a group of little boys with whom he hangs out a lot. Malcolm, Luke, and Peter have nursery class at church together and we moms get together at least once/week for playdates at various parks. This week it was Malcolm's 3rd birthday and so we met at the park for the party. An 8 year old brother of another guest took a liking to Peter and played with him the whole time. Here they were all drawing with chalk together. So funny how Peter keeps making friends with older kids. Makes sense for a boy with teen siblings, I guess.