This winter was a long and cold one, and left me kind of unmotivated and blah. And now all of the sudden we’re headed into June. Finally, this week the sun started shining, and I was able to take a little tiny bit of time off last week and perk up a bit. Kind of like a pre-vacation vacation. I spent Thursday on the couch watching piled up DVR episodes of “The Good Wife” and napping.
I also managed to wrangle a fairly spur of the moment visit with N. for Friday, with just about a week’s notice. We haven’t seen N. since her wedding in October, and there has been an increase over the past month or so in Woob bringing up questions or comments about his sisters, about how big he was when he was in Mama N.’s tummy (the size of a peanut? a jelly bean? the size of a kitten?), about who was at the hospital when he was born, et cetera. It was certainly time, certainly past due.
Anyway, we had a few days to prepare the Woob for the visit, which is always tricky, because of what-if-something-happens-that-this-falls-through? But we forged on, and were in contact about the trip up til the time that we left the house, so I felt pretty good about it truly happening. And happen it did! Friday morning, 6:00, Woob pitter patters into my sleepy bedroom and chirps, “Are you ready for our adventure today?” Have I mentioned that I love that boy? He really was ready for our adventure–in such a good mood, and totally going along with the program for the day, including the quick trip to W.M. on the way to pick out some things that a 1, 2, and 4 year old could actively play with together. Stickers with princesses, Spider-Man, ponies and Star Wars went in the cart first, followed by a few bottles of bubbles, and the final dash of brilliance–Elefun!
We got there around lunch time, and took some time to reacquaint. They live in a different house than the last time–much bigger and safer. There was plenty of room for the kiddos to play. The girls had definitely grown since October, and were obviously bright, active little things. Miss N. really has her hands full! We found that Woob wanted to spend more time with her and the littles were kind of curious about me, so we did a lot of switching of duties throughout the day. We all played together awhile, but hunger won out, as did Gatti’s pizza buffet–easy and fun and the kiddos could safely run around without too much problem. It was a hit, and gave her an opportunity to follow Woob around a little more one-on-one. Help arrived a little later, as her husband got off work and was able to spend some time with us there. All in all, pretty exhausting, but a positive memory for the kids.
We went back to the house, and had snacks, did more stickers, showed the girls’ daddy the joy of Elefun, and went outside to blow bubbles. Woob made good friends with S., who played with him just rough enough to keep him engaged, and protected him from his littlest sister who wanted to attach herself to him nonstop, which was kind of freaking him out. Grandpa G. came over for a little while to say hello when he got off work, which was good, but certainly not long enough. It was getting late, and we had a 2 1/2 hour drive ahead of us. And we were TIRED. Ended up getting home about 8:30 that night. Whew! But it was good, Woob was good. We needed to make that trip. Hopefully, come July, they’ll be making the same trip down this way.