Reading: Well, it's not technically reading, but we got the first two Game of Thrones audio books to listen to during all the travelling we have been (and will be) doing this summer. So far, I've made it through about 2 hours of the 30-hour long first book. I just don't do audio books... I have to have the page in front of me. I've always been a visual learner - if I see something I remember it. If I just hear something it goes in one ear and out the other. The Game of Thrones books are complicated... lots of characters and places and jumping around. I just can't get into them by listening, I need to SEE the names and be able to re-read parts etc. Thomas, on the other hand, is already in the middle of the second book. I want to get the actual paper-and-ink books, because I do want to read them... the 2 hours of the first one that I listened to was really good, if slightly confusing!
Watching: Sesame Street. And some more Sesame Street. Especially Elmo's World. With a little Bob the Builder mixed in there occasionally.
Looking forward to: The next month of travels! Judah and I are headed to Oregon next week. We'll be there for two and a half weeks, for a Congdon family reunion and then Thomas's brother's wedding :) We will miss Thomas - he is only able to come for a few days for the wedding. But we are super excited to hang out with Thomas's parents and five brothers, one of whom Judah hasn't even met yet! (Hi, Uncle Paul!)... And of course, we'll get to see Thomas's numerous and awesome aunts and uncles and cousins :)
Then, three days after we get back home from Oregon, Judah and I are flying to South Africa for two and half weeks to see my family. We'll be in Johannesburg for a few days, and then Cape Town for a week, and then back to Johannesburg for a few more days. Judah is going to meet his great-grandparents for the first time, and get to spend more time with my parents, whom he's seen twice, and my two brothers, whom he's seen once for two days!
Making me happy: We're pretty much travelling until early September, which is going to be crazy and fun at the same time with a 17-18 month old. We are going to miss Thomas, or Papa as Judah calls him. Missing Thomas is not what makes me happy, but rather the fact that Judah talks about his Papa all day long... when he wakes up in the morning it's "Papa? Papa?" and I have to tell him Papa is at work. He doesn't quite understand what that means yet, because then he says "Papa downstairs?"... haha. And we have to go downstairs and he runs around looking for Thomas, and I have to keep telling him "Papa is at work until tonight." Then he'll find one of Thomas's shirts or a shoe, or anything else of his during the day, and we start all over again... "Papa shirt! Papa shirt! Papa??" He likes to drag one of Thomas's shirts around all day like a blankie, too. It's kind of adorable.
And I'll end with two more things that are making me happy... these perfect pictures that Thomas took of Judah on the fourth of July!