As promised, here are some photos from my trip back to Illinois to visit Jamie over the weekend of the 8th:


Here, he laughs himself silly as he test-drives his new Radio Flyer roadster.


Here, Jamie is following in his mama’s footsteps. When Grace was about Jamie’s age, she loved to play with the canned goods. Mom was forever chasing her out of the cabinets….


I think I caught him mid-giggle in this picture — hence the strange expression on his face.


This bead table was a present from me. Jamie really liked it, but one of the wires popped off, presenting a safety hazard, so I have to take it back to the toy store and swap it for a sturdier model.


Here, Jamie is playing The Yelling Game with his mama and his Uncle Oliver. He likes for people to yell, and then he yells back. This is a fun game for about two minutes. After that, the grownups seem to lose interest.


At the end of The Yelling Game, everybody claps, because Jamie wins. He just learned to clap while I was in town.


Clapping gets a big response from the grownups — maybe even a bigger response than The Yelling Game.


Jamie likes to help Uncle Oliver play the piano.


In case you were wondering, Uncle Oliver adores Jamie.


Meanwhile, Jamie adores my old bear, Humphrey, who has withstood hugs and cuddles and slobbers and snuggles from four kids spanning two generations and more than 30 years.

I’ve got plenty more photos where those came from, but I haven’t had dinner yet, so I think I’ll wander into the kitchen and make myself a batch of chicken and dumplings. Hope your evening is good.


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