What a week I've had! Not
having our wonderful nanny with us on outings is
SO hard but I decided we'd had enough of just
hanging around at home. For the first time
ever, I braved it and took my little trifecta of
terror to McDonalds to the play area by myself.
I had a game plan and I was pretty confident it
would all go smoothly. Wrong! Nadia
got stuck up in the tubes and I had to rely on
strangers to guard the only escape-route out of
the play area, while I snaked up into the tubes
to retrieve Nadia. Rounding them up to go
home was another story.
On the way out, we were just a freak show. I had
a bag of food, my purse, towing the choo-choo
wagon and trying to maneuver it all out the
door, sharp right angle and into the parking
lot. All the while, the kids were crying because
they didn't want to leave. I felt so frustrated
struggling while people just sat, mouths hanging
open staring. I know they didn't see a mom
who could use a hand. They were
dumbfounded. But that didn't make me feel
any better about it. We'll wait for a
while before I try that again.
We had a similar experience when
I flew solo with them to Barnes & Noble, to
Publix and to the doctor. I look forward
to reporting one day that an outing actually
went smoothly. It will happen
eventually.... won't it?
We had an interesting day at the
Tampa Renaissance Festival today. What a
cool event. Like Halloween for grown-ups
is how we described it to a leery Angus.
Because we brought the choo-choo wagon (our
preferred mode of transportation) we had a lot
of attention. The little ones were
understandably freaked out by people decked out
in the likes of Jack Sparrow coming up to them
going "Arrggghh!" We had fun with it.
Mostly, I like going out in cognito (as much as
one can do it with a train in tow), but getting
the attention of all of the performance artists
was like watching our own personal show.
Below is a little clip of a pirate who will be
auditioning on Monday for Disney to play the
part of Jack Sparrow for upcoming Pirates of the
Caribbean events. He commandeered our
vessel, so to speak, and pulled the little ones
around all over the park, which was as much
entertainment for Loren and me and the kids as
it was for the crowds. Kelli and her friend were
a bit weirded out by it.
I did have one of the most
embarrassing moments ever, today. While
waiting for Angus to finish a ride at the
Renaissance Festival, I waited with the little
ones. I backed over a rope that was staked
in the ground and I went flying. Not that
people weren't already looking at us.
There I was crumpled up, bloody elbow and bloody
knee, lying on the ground with a train of
children at my side. I just wanted to
Last week I painted a
chalkboard on the
wall for the wee ones which proved to be a great
hit. Angus has taken such an interest this
past week in writing letters and spelled Max's
name on the chalkboard without prompting or
coaching. Big feat for him as he's not a
kid to dwell on trivial matters like ABC's.
Ruca, Max and Nadia are cruising
along past their intense temper tantrum phase.
They're beginning the age of reason and
communication skills are increasing. Ruca
and Nadia are speaking in full sentences now and
expressing more abstract thoughts like "Angus is
a dummy," etc. Max is on his own program.
His language development is behind the girls,
but he's a whiz at counting to 20 and saying his
a little audio clip of Kelli when she was a
six-year-old. She played a celebrity
guest, starring herself, at a radio station
where I worked. From start to finish, it's
CUTE, CUTE, CUTE. Even to the very end,
you can find yourself chuckling and saying "awwwww"
to the sweet innocence of my little girl.
New section of
Mosts here. My
edited hypnobirthing video and story are coming
soon. Almost done. It's been nice
reliving one of the most wonderful moments of my
life while writing about it, and I'm excited to
Angus and Ruca were spending time together at the picnic table eating chips.
The picnic thing caught on. They all came over.
My sweet 26-toed polydactyl manx ragdoll kitty puts up with so much from these guys.
Nadia loves flowers!
Max feeding his baby.
Ruca's latest obsession - "Minky Mouse"
When good intentions turn.
What started out as meatballs, was going to become meat sauce, turned into what looked like dog food and the little ones LOVED it! Bad food karma going on that day.
My five youngest.
Angus and Loren with a bow and arrow.
The pirate lugging our wagon for a while. Nice break for us.
Kelli and her friend Tara and the pirate who pulled the little ones.