Until this visit, the "kids' room" in our house looked like this.
The pretty little white sleigh bed and armoire used to be Clara's, until she got her bunk beds and passed this set along to us. It was perfect for Clara, but it was QUITE feminine; and Robert was relegated to a little air bed on the floor. Now that he's getting bigger, a bedroom re-do was in order. Bunk beds seemed the way to go, since the room is not large. Here's our new, more gender-neutral room for two.
And now it has been Robert-tested and -approved. I was surprised at how easily and happily he went down each night, and how quickly he fell asleep. He told me it was his "very, very, very, very favorite bed ever!" (He's definitely into the superlatives.)
This truck/trailer rig was new to our toy box, and Robert played with it almost non-stop. Give this boy something with wheels, and he's perfectly content! It was his "most, most, most favorite thing" to play with.
On Sunday afternoon we did some artsy-crafty stuff, including making valentines. I thought, since Robert's middle name is "Fox," that he would like to make the cute fox valentine for his sister, Clara. But he was quite adamant that the fox should be "To Robert, From Robert," and that Clara would prefer a penguin valentine. He loved gluing on the googly eyes.
Our original plan was to take Robert home on Tuesday but, in watching the weather forecast, we saw that Tuesday was going to be a re-run of Friday . . . treacherous, icy roads. So we shifted our plans and took him home on Monday afternoon. In the morning, before we left, I took him to Kiddo Kingdom, a big play area full of bouncy houses. He LOVED it! (It was the "most, most, most fun place ever.") I think it might become a tradition for when the kids are here. It is the perfect place to release some of that pent-up energy.
It was just after 4:00 p.m. when we arrived in Katy, where Robert & Family live. Clara had just gotten home from school. It was fun getting to spend time with her and hear about the excellent time she had on her weekend daddy/daughter camping trip. On Tuesday we surprised her by showing up for lunch at her school. We got to sit with her at the visitor's table and take in all the wonderful hubbub of a cafeteria full of grade school kids.
We spent two nights at their house, waiting for the road conditions to improve, and left on Wednesday morning. Robert got very clingy at the end and, in keeping with the superlative theme, told us he loved us "very, very, very, very much, even seven-by-seven and a thousand!" and that he wanted us "forever!" Way to Grandma and Grandpa's heart, Robert! We assured him that, even though we had to go to our house, we were his forever.