Communication is Key (and hilarious)

People always say that communication is the key to success in any relationship. Other than figuring out who is going to wash the dishes, which is often a stumbling block in our marriage, that is probably correct. Having kids has also taught me that communication can be incredibly fun and hilarious.

At first, the kids were just little blobs. They could barely open their eyes. They could only cry, eat (sometimes a challenge), poop, pee, and look around ever so slightly. Occasionally, I could tell they would look at me for a brief moment. It was priceless. As they got older, those looks grew longer. Eventually those looks turned into stares.

Communication is Key (and Hilarious)

Then the kids started to squeak, or in our daughter’s case, shriek, and then they started to smile. Not because of gas, but because they were happy. “Sentences” of sounds, screams, and shrieks came next. We have had many conversations with the kids full of incoherent and high-pitched noises. Then, came the laughs, which are my favorite. Each step has been so priceless, so fun, and so hilarious.

Just like me, Austin is a little camera shy and he usually stops laughing and talking whenever the camera is around. Well, we used some ninja camera skills this week and caught him in these two fun videos. Enjoy!

Austin Laughing

Austin and Madison Talking About Their July 4th Plans

G-G-G-Great-Grandparent Rap

My four grandparents are some of the greatest blessings in my life.  They have all taught me so much and impacted my life in such tremendous ways.

I got to hang out with two of my grandparents in Virginia Beach over the weekend.  As I noted yesterday, I spent most of my time in The 757 eating the amazing cookies, sweet potatoes, and pies my grandmother (a.k.a. Memama) lovingly made.

However, in between caloric throwdowns, my grandparents made a rap video:

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These awesome heroes were born in 1933.  80 years later, they made a rap video about their soon-to-be-arriving great-grandchildren, Austin and Madison.  Not only was it incredible, but it was beautiful too.  Even more impressive, there were no practice sessions, no memorized lyrics, and no cue cards hidden behind the camera.  Rather, like me at an Indian food buffet, they just dove in and went for it.

I love this so much.

You can check out other silly rap videos here.  Be warned, none of them are as epic as this G-G-G-Great Grandparent Rap.