JR got to act like a little prince recently–or at least as close as he’ll probably ever come to doing so.  Nana, my mom, came to stay for a while, in part because she had plans to attend a wedding in Chicago anyway.  My cousin was getting married, and since our extended family on that side is quite small, she wanted to support him.  I was unable to leave the farm for the 2 days it would take, so instead, the parents of the groom (my mom’s brother and sister-and-law) granted permission for her to bring JR as her date.  They had met him in the past, and knew he could be trusted to behave.  That fact sure makes this mama proud!

Mind you, this was a VERY formal wedding and reception event.  Except for the flower girl and ring bearer, he was the only child in attendance.  We had to go shopping the week before for a suit and nice shoes for him.  Boy, he did turn out sharp looking, though!

A personal moment of reflection......ok, ok, he's probably wondering whether jumping into the pool would be worth the trouble he'd be in afterward!

A personal moment of reflection……ok, ok, he’s probably wondering whether jumping into the pool would be worth the trouble he’d be in afterward!

Unfortunately, Nana didn’t get many photos, and none of him with the bride and groom.  Nonetheless, here’s a few memories of the day….

JR with Uncle S (my brother) and Nana

JR with Uncle S (my brother) and Nana

JR with Uncle S and Aunt P

JR with Uncle S and Aunt P

My little prince.

My little prince.

After the wedding and reception, Nana and JR went to a hotel for the night, and the next morning, Nana decided to splurge on a day together.  She took him to the Brookfield Zoo outside Chicago, to the aquarium, and to the dinosaur park.

You can take the boy out of the country, but you'll never get the country out of my boy!

You can take the boy out of the country, but you’ll never get the country out of my boy!  Here he is in his normal “cowboy” attire outside the Brookfield Zoo.

He loved seeing the dolphin performance at the aquarium.

He loved seeing the dolphin performance at the aquarium.

His favorite, by far, though, was the dinosaur exhibit.  He loved all those life-sized dino's, particularly the robotic ones.

His favorite, by far, though, was the dinosaur exhibit. He loved all those life-sized dino’s, particularly the robotic ones.

Being goofy.

Being goofy.

Taking a breather....

Taking a breather….

...though I think Nana was the one that was really worn out by the end of the day!

…though I think Nana was the one that was really worn out by the end of the day!

JR had an amazing time.  He felt so grown up eating at a formal reception, then having a whole day by himself with Nana.  He still talks about the dinosaurs.  I fear Nana may have set a pretty high standard for how to spend one-on-one time together!

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