Bankhead Adventures

30 September 2007

Increasing Responsibilities

Now that James has started baking our dinners and setting up our tent, Paul figured it's high time the kid learn how to get himself all spiffed up for church. This morning's curriculum included shaving, tying a beautifully wide double Windsor, and shoe-shining. After mastering all three tasks, James ran to the car, claiming that he was also ready to drive. He then angrily screamed "Drive! Drive! Drive!" while we took him out of the driver's seat, "Drive! Drive! Drive!" while we forced him into his carseat, and "Drive! Drive! Drive!" as we pried the keys from his hands. As his parents we agree that he is an advanced child and capable of accepting more responsibilities, but the boy may be getting too big for his britches.

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  • I have to tell you that every time I think of your blog I get this ridiculously wide smile and giggle girlishly! Blogs make being too far away a bit more bearable (but not much)! XOXOXO

    By Blogger Lauri, at 9:56 PM  

  • Too cute! Jon and I got big smiles on our faces when we read this one together, and we clicked on all the pics to see them big. James is just one big boy, especially since he gets to come to nursery now!

    By Blogger Amy, at 10:27 PM  

  • What a smile! I hope some day when you let him drive that you don't remind him of that story to the point where it embarrasses him.

    By the way, the word verification is really hard for me because it has a lot of Ys and Zs and those are switched on German computers.

    By Blogger Michemily, at 2:25 AM  

  • Totally cute picture! Isn't it sort of scary how much your kids want to be like you! Someday he'll realize that shaving and driving aren't all they're cracked up to be! He's sure cute though! (p.s. Johnny makes fun of me because he thinks I overuse the exclamation point! I think this post proves his point!!) !!! :)

    By Blogger Em Russ, at 5:49 AM  

  • Way cute! Which tie did James end up wearing to church? I vote for the orange one.

    By Blogger Trulee, at 6:48 AM  

  • James seems like cool little boy. It makes me excited to have Zack coming up in the ranks.

    When Paul and I were walking down the streets of York, a nice old lady grabbed Paul by the cheeks and told him how nice his teeth were, and admonished him to always take care of them. I am glad to see you still have your pearly whites in good shape. I am also glad to see that your facial hair has grown in enough to warrant shaving. Nice work, Paul.

    By Blogger Johnny, at 7:00 AM  

  • James is so cute. I was told once that kids spend their days pretending to be adults, and adults try to spend their days pretending to be kids. I think Paul and James prove that point perfectly.

    By Blogger Byron and Heather, at 9:22 AM  

  • Every time I see James I think he can't get any cuter and he just keeps getting cuter. I can't stand it!

    By Anonymous Julia, at 10:19 AM  

  • Cute pictures! And an adorable little blondie!
    I followed em russ over here. SHe was one of my college roomies. I've seen you on Amy Lawson's blog too. You guys know everyone! :)

    By Blogger katieo, at 9:04 PM  

  • I love James! Hey, now that Bill is there maybe I'll come visit.

    Could you spare enough floor space for the Morphises? We don't take up too many physical square feet, especially when stacked. We do however take over in about every other way. (noise, stress, mess, fun, food, etc.)

    By Blogger Catherine M., at 10:46 AM  

  • Hey, did anyone else bother to notice that Paul is wearing "delicious and crisp" underwear? Thats a bit funny Amy. Very sneaky to slip that in as a special reward to anyone who loves these guys enough to enlarge the photo.

    By Blogger Catherine M., at 10:48 AM  

  • Good eye, Catherine. Paul actually has two pairs of pajama pants that he rotates frequently. This picture features the Popcorn PJs which were a wedding gift--I have a matching set. The other pair, which are featured in a blog photo from last month, have a Battleship theme. That's right, as in the game from the 80s. They have little ships all over them, along with the phrase "You sunk my battleship." These were also a gift, most likely from the Super Clearance table at K-mart. The moral of this story is that Paul is one classy guy.

    By Blogger Amy, at 12:55 PM  

  • And Catherine, you're always welcome at our place. In the past we've had visitors sleep on our very cozy Thermarests on the back patio. We also have, as you'll remember, 24-feet of sleepable couch.

    By Blogger Amy, at 12:57 PM  

  • so I wanted to tell you that dad just saw the picture of james by himself (it's our background on our computer), and said, "hahaha! look at that little boy! hahaha! look at his teefers, he looks like bugs bunny! hahaha! look at his shoes, I have those shoes! hahaha! look at his legs, I have those legs!" haha. I found it quite amusing.

    By Anonymous Sica, at 7:51 PM  

  • James looks so much older when he's got a straight face. I suppose the tie and shaving cream helps too.

    What an amazingly darling son you've got!

    I want more pictures of Amy and her nubby second.

    By Blogger Catherine M., at 6:53 PM  

  • WHAT A CUTIE! Good to see things are going well for you guys. We miss you so much!

    By Blogger Marilee, at 10:55 PM  

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