Staley has grown up around boys. Her two Walles cousins are boys. One of her Bradford cousins is a boy. Her first daycare had her holding her own with 3 boys. Her current daycare has more boys than girls. Staley has been surrounded by boys throughout her early life, and there's just something about them that captures her attention.
Staley LOVES her cousins. All her cousins are great, but the two that Staley talks about the most are Cade and Elliott. (Her two older boy cousins.) She loves her friends at the baby-sitters. But the one that she talks about on the way, the one she talks about during the week, the one she ALWAYS says good-bye to first as she is leaving is her baby-sitters 8 year old son. In music class, there are 3 little girls and 3 little boys. Who does Staley always bring up when we are talking about music class? The boys, of course. And one of Staley's favorite things to do is visit Uma and Papa's shop. There are several young guys that work at their shop, but Staley has grown especially fond of Brandon and Greg. When Staley pretends to talk on the phone, it's usually to Brandon. When she walks in the front door of the shop, before even asking to see her Uma or Papa, it's usually Brandon she is asking to see. When we ask who she wants to pray for at night, Brandon and Greg are often at the top of the list.
Greg came over to our house for dinner the other night. Staley was SO excited. He had barely walked in the door, and Staley was showing off for him. She gave him a play-by-play all evening of what she was up to.
"Greg! I washing hands." "Greg! I twirling." "Greg! I eating corn." "Greg! I running." And then, after dinner, Greg (who is a fire fighter) gave us a private tour of the fire station. Staley got to look at all the fire equipment and sit in the fire trucks. As if Greg wasn't already pretty great in her eyes, that was just the icing on the cake.
Pretty tickled to be standing so close to Greg