My cousin is visiting us for a couple days this week, and it's been a while since I've spent longer than... 5 minutes with an 11-year old. It's been hilarious, he's kept us quite entertained.
Yesterday, we went to the San Diego Wild Animal Park. We saw all kinds of great animals, and as it turns out, Alex is a "Lorikeet Whisperer." The zoo sells $3 nectar so the birds will land on you and feed. We skipped the overpriced nectar, and went into the aviary just to look at the birds. Alex had one hanging out on his shoulder in no time.
He let me invite the bird on to my shoulder for a few minutes, too.
On the way home, we stopped at McDonald's for $1 ice cream cones. As we sat there enjoying our cones, the conversation went something like this:
Alex: "I don't know how you guys eat your ice cream so fast. You're going to get brain freeze."
Dad: "Brain freeze is bad. You definitely don't want that. It might make you stupid..."
We all started laughing. A lot. And that's when ice cream came out of Alex's nose. It was the highlight of the day.