A Valentine's Party was held at our complex on Friday for all the kids. I pushed nap time a few hours to attend but it was so worth it (it will be obvious in the photos, Gabe's tiredness that is). I love watching Gabriel around other kids- you sometimes forget he is even there because he's quietly off to the side observing. He started to warm up towards the end though by helping add to all the noise in a small echo filled room. He's been experimenting with his voice a lot lately and really enjoys hearing how loud he can get.
He wasn't that excited about participating in water color painting or sitting for a group photo but did like gathering chocolates which was ironically the one thing I thought he wouldn't grasp the concept of, after all he isn't really aware as to what chocolate is yet or what it can look like wrapped up in different fashions. After watching the kids crawl around the floor collecting treats for a few moments from the comfort of my arms he decided he wanted down to grab treats too. One of the ladies handed him a bag and he knew exactly what to do.
Most of the kiddos are older but all were very sweet and aware of Gabriel- friendly patting his head, saying hello and gracefully slipping by him as they ran around the room being big kids.
He sure is growing into a little boy right in front of our eyes.