My five year old nephew, Nixin, helped me plant flowers on Saturday. He was so excited to dig holes that were just the right size and put the flower in himself, fill the dirt in and water them. As soon as his dad came back he proudly said, "Dad, want to see all the flowers I planted?"
I walked over to the flowering lilac bushes and said, "Nixin, come over here."
He did and asked, "What?"
I said, "Smell these flowers." as I took a large sniff of a fragrant lilac bloom.
Nixin tentatively sniffed the flower and then asked me, "When will these be grapes?"
I was a little perplexed and I answered, "These are lilacs."
He asked me again, "But when will they be grapes?"
I had to tease a little, so I said, "They are lilacs."
Nixin calmly asked again, "When will they be grapes?"
I finally answered. "Never. They are lilacs." He makes me literally laugh out loud. Love that kid!
Kristy asked me to take Nixin's 5 year old pictures outside, so I took them to a few places in town and just let Nixin do what he does and followed him with my camera. One of the first things he did was to find a stick. When we went to the railroad tracks, I asked Nixin if he could balance on the rail. He tilted his head and said, "What?" I then demonstrated a couple of steps and he immediately gave it try. "Look! I'm balancing!" he exclaimed.
Then he plopped down on the railroad track with his stick in hand and randomly said, "DreamWorks." and proceeded to pretend to fish. I just love how his brain works.
He made some wishes on a dandelion, but accidentally got his mouth too close and hacked the biggest spit I have ever seen from a little kid. I was pretty much in shock. No pictures of that event.
Within the first 10 minutes, he got his knee dirty climbing on some rocks. He didn't notice it for the longest time. Then suddenly, he looked down and said, "Hey, how did this dirt get here?" And then proceeded to scratch the dried mud off.
I think he liked the adventure of the river walk. I asked him how high he could jump and he quickly demonstrated his skills for me.
This kid is a charmer and I love being his auntie Nae.