We've had a pretty awesome February.
On Valentine's Day, Chad and I hired a babysitter and cashed in on one of our Christmas gifts when Chad's parents took all of the NC kids to see the stage version of Mary Poppins at Durham Performing Arts Center. This show made its grand opening when I was living in London, and it is the last show I saw there, so it holds a special place in the sentimental corner of my heart. Not to mention I adored the Julie Andrews version as a child. And as an adolescent. And OK, I still love it as an adult. Anyway, we had a great time together. We were a tad bit disappointed in Mary's voice (OK. Severely disappointed. I am still left wondering how the actress scored the LEAD and hopefully none of her family was in the audience, as we were quite vocal about our opinions during intermission), but Bert was beyond fabulous. He didn't tap dance on the ceiling, though, like he did in the London version, and Mary didn't fly out over the audience. Slightly less magical. But I was reminded that this is a travelling production and is a bit more limited in what they can do with set design and special effects.
For Presidents' Day weekend we went to Kinston to spend time with family and meet with a client for a wedding we are shooting in March. It snowed like crazy on Saturday, church was cancelled on Sunday, and on Monday we discovered the most amazing in-the-middle-of-nowhere restaurant run by Mennonites who make fabulous french toast. I'm not kidding about the french toast. Oh, and that homemade butter syrup. Best. Stuff. Ever. In between we also ate a fabulous steak and bang-bang shrimp dinner, and a Thanksgiving-esque Sunday afternoon lunch, complete with turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and stuffing.
Kaden lasted for about five seconds in the snow before he started saying, "I'm cold" and "I wanna hold you!" He's definitely a Southern boy.
Kaden's Aunt Lauren bundled up and enjoyed the snow with him again later:
This is Kaden, keeping his distance, while some of the braver kids check out the firefighter and his gear:
This is Kaden's friend, Mark, and his little sister, Mia. They were trying to show Kaden it would be OK to have his picture taken here. It didn't work, but they are still cute.
I wanted him to see the tires were bigger than he was:
That night he told Daddy all about the fire station, though, dressed up in his firefighter gear, and kept saying, "I'm a REAL firefighter!" in his manliest voice.
We've had a lot of cold days this month, and we've been going slightly stir crazy. One day I found Kaden quietly playing like this with his trains: