Mark is absolutely fascinated by cars. He can spend a very long time walking circles around our little Rio, pointing to the headlights, doors, wheels. The other day I was gardening and he took my keys, walked straight to the driver's door, and tried to stick the car key into the lock! He also now puts plastic "coins" into the piggy-bank and can put a little toy pyramid together. He loves watching me assemble a tall tower out of stacking cups - you can just see him giddy with anticipation. Then I tell him "ok, now you can go ahead and demolish it" and he pushes the 3-foot tall tower ever so gently with his little finger and watches it sway and then crash with a loud noise.
We don't feed him baby food any more. He now eats our regular food, except we don't put any pepper or spices in it. Surprisingly, he mostly loves it, even the veggies (especially the veggies, I should say). Tonight he even ate a salad with olives, artichokes, and capers and absolutely loved it.
The pictures here are from the 4th of July weekend. We didn't do much on the 4th - went to the Fairgrounds for some ice-cream and music. But we got there way too early for the music. So we had to settle for just ice-cream, some root beer, and a few minutes in the misting tent for Mark. The next day we went to Durham for the 27th annual Festival for the Eno. It was very nice - we walked around, listened to a lot of great music, ate fair food, played games and dipped Mark in the river.