A Special Day

Monday, June 9, 2008


Last night Hubby and I took the Caterpillars out to have dinner with BooSheep and Little Sheep. Hubby came home to sleep, while we spent the night and had a great evening.
I've been quite surprised at the overwhelming interest CW has been showing in The Food Network lately. He's certianly always watched the channel - Alton Brown's Good Eats and Unwrapped with Marc Summers have been hits in our house for years. But he's moved on to enjoying and asking to watch shows such as Iron Chef America and Ace of Cakes.

The Caterpillars went to sleep well (B10 was allowed to sleep with me in the guest bedroom, CW slept on the big sofa) and the next morning woke up and had a delicious breakfast that BooSheep cooked of waffles and bananas with Little Sheep. They started on their schoolwork, while BooSheep and I talked to Cookie on the phone.

We decided with the 90+ degree heat we needed an indoor activity - so we loaded up the truck and met Cookie at the mall. The Caterpillars worked hard on their schoolwork the whole way there - Little Sheep supervised.


The intention was to sneak in the bathing suits and let the kids play in the fountain - but the county won't let them turn the water on yet, because of the "drought".

Doesn't seem to stop the county from turning on their pools and water parks and charging to play there!

We did enjoy the indoor toddler playarea, where Little Sheep played and CW took pictures.

His favorite photo was this artistic capture of the foam pig hiney. ;)

Lunch was at the food court, which was good in that everyone was able to eat what they wanted, but bad in that it meant CW was almost finished with his meal before I sat down with mine.


So, then Cookie and I head out with the Caterpillars, with BooSheep heads home with Little Sheep for naptime. We were aiming to get to JoAnn's Fabrics, because they owed me a classtime for the Caterpillars to make their second pillowcases. Michele (who is in charge of education - and just a doll) actually canceled an empty class early for them, and scheduled their pillowcase class in it's place next Saturday at 10 am.

(As a side note - after they finish this second pillowcase class, their teacher Ms. Marianne, said they will be ready to take the Jammy Pant class and make their own pajamma pants!)

On our way home, Cookie offers us drinks from Sonic. I am not a huge Sonic fan, but I love Cherry Limeades (and the Caterpillars love Sonic in general), so we pulled into the little spot, turned off the car, and ordered our drinks. Cookie paid with her debit card in the little "do-it-yourself" slot, and the sweet little high school boy on rollerblades came out less than 4 minutes later with our drinks.

Less than 5 minutes has passed at this point from when we pulled into Sonic. Yet, when Cookie tried to turn the key to start the car....nothing happened. Nada. Zilch. Zero.

The battery had died for no apparent reason.

And it was going to take AAA an hour and a half to get to us and jump the car.

On a whim, I remembered there was an old shopping center across the street that I thought had one of those new-fangled indoor jumping zones. Sure enough, Bounce-A-Rama was open, and though it cost me $7 per boy to go in - they had 6 bouncey attractions to run around on and we weren't stuck in a hot car waiting for a guy in a tow truck to appear.

Needless to say, when we arrived back at Cookie's, everyone needed to take a rest.

It was a busy, good day - even with the small car trouble. It was not as productive of a day as I had hoped to have this week, but at least I managed to make a home cooked dinner and get the Caterpillers bathed early enough for us to watch American Gladiators as a family.

Oh, how I wish that I had more time at home to take care of all the things I need to do. Sometimes I just feel like a lousy mum, but I try to remember that when my Caterpillars grow up, what they'll remember is the excitement of surprise bouncing, rather than the pile of unfolded clothes in our guest bedroom.

~Lone Butterfly )i(


Life throws you surprises! said...

What an awesome day minus the heat and broken car. I love spur of the moment fun.

ashleymclure said...

Definitely a good go for the moment day. Sometimes we all need to let go of "have to" and enjoy the "want to".

Keri said...

You are absolutely right about the laundry!! They will never remember that!