Max just loved playing with all his cousins during our trip to WV.
Thanks Davey for loving "Maxi" so much...and for being so darn cute and smart. I cannot get enough of all your funny expressions.
Annie, what can I say? Max and I are in love and wanted to stow you away in our suitcase!
And Thomas and Jackson...you two are always simply wonderful. Thank you Jackson for being so helpful and careful with Max. Seeing the two of you holding hands and then *helping* him down the stairs was such a highlight for me. You are so gentle and loving.
Another highlight was definitely Maxwell playing Star Wars with you two at the airport. (Jackson and Thomas are OBSESSED with Star Wars and enjoy playing it 24/7...literally. To get Max involved, I said that he was a Storm Trooper and that is why he was chasing them. But then they countered that they were troopers too...so the game quickly changed to Max identifying them as a "Storm Trooper Imposter" if he touched them within 10 seconds. While Max definitely didn't understand the detailed game we were playing, he did know that chasing his cousins and laughing was quite fun!)
Max loves shoes and especially when on the feet of other kiddos. Finally Thomas took off his shoes for Max so that he could keep moving and grooving.
When chocolate cake was served at the rehearsal dinner, Max was quite pleased! He tried to *share* Davey's cake too. :) Then he wowed some guests by signing "more chocolate" when he noticed what they were eating. And did this earn him more cake? You betcha!
* Ok, if I am being completely real about our experience, I also must admit how extremely difficult it was to be around all of Max's cousins. I wish I was stronger and wasn't so easily saddened by the ever-expanding gap. However, I was brought to tears many times seeing how easily and quickly they grasped onto concepts and games...and how easily Max is left on the sidelines. He doesn't seem bothered by this (yet) but it definitely hurts a mommy's heart.
Max, can you teach me how to be stronger and brave like you? I am sure trying, but you are a role model each and every day!