You can't really see it very clearly in these pictures, but D is much bigger than Austin! D is much closer to Austin's daddy's size than to Austin! This picture below just makes me so happy... I have no idea what they were talking about, or if Austin was carrying on a conversation in the 'proper' way or not, but this was a neat thing to see.
So you see why, when D invited Austin to his birthday party, I had to let Austin go, even though it was the evening of my own birthday. As it turns out, Austin was the ONLY friend D invited! They went to a place called Jillian's, which is Chuck E Cheese for adults! It's noisy, chaotic, semi-dark. Daddy went with Austin to 'hang out' and since Daddy is the baseball coach, it didn't seem too odd. Austin had alot of fun, according to dad, and handled things well.
I hope we can stay in contact with D and his family after the ball season is over. They seem to have alot in common. They have 5 or 6 children in their family (I lost count!), the baby of the family being an adorable girl. His oldest brother is 16 and went to school for the first time this year --- the brother's name is Austin and he drives a Ford Mustang! D also plays the drums, like our Austin. It's kind of freaky to be honest! D seems like a really nice boy, and I hope to encourage the friendship!