So Monday blew. I'm not going to go into details, but have you ever had one of those days where just nothing goes right? Like everywhere you turn, you run up against a brick wall, from making dinner to finding pants. That was my Monday. By the end of the day, I was an emotionally wrung out rag. I was ready to go be a hermit.
Then comes Tuesday, which was way better. I had a very old friend that I hadn't seen since like Junior year in high school come to visit me. Much to our mutual delight, we still get along great! An hour or two visit turned into the whole day without either one of us really realizing it. So much fun! And during that time, when John came home for lunch, he found a turtle. Anyone who's watched their kids explore a turtle for the first time knows what I'm so happy about. This turtle was remarkably brave as well, so he didn't just clam up in his shell either. He tried to run away! It was hilarious to watch the kids "chase" a turtle! To wrap the day up, we tried out the local public pool. John was very reluctant. I eventually talked him into it, and did we ever have a blast! It's just your basic pool, no kiddie pool or frills, but the shallow end is only three feet, so Jonni can touch, so we didn't have to worry about her so much. That was also her first experience being in a pool where she could stand up with no help. She loved it! Erik was of course fearless. He usually is. It was his idea, almost from the very first, to jump off the edge. We had to watch him pretty close so he didn't jump before we were ready to catch him!! He's also a natural when it comes to swimming. I don't think it will be long before he can swim by himself. Scary! Jonni is a bit more cautious, but still had a great time in the water. ( and I think it's good she's cautious, it will make it easier to keep an eye on her) We had so much fun that we are going back tonight, and we are getting a season pass. They have adult lap swim twice a week too, so that works out great for my fitness prescriptions.
Yesterday, since my grandparents were in town for the week, I drove the kids down to hang out with them. Serendipitously, another old friend decided to stop by my sister's while I was there on her way to the airport with her family. So I got to see her and her little girl and her husband, which was awesome, and meet her new son for the first time! So much fun. We went to a park where there are animals to pet and feed, and ducks and SWANS! I've never seen a swan up close, and they are cool! They had babies with them too, and yeah. They really are ugly. We finished up the day with a little Dairy Queen treat, and came home very late, very tired, but very, very happy.
I also had a fun experience by myself yesterday. I had to pick up some forms while I was in my hometown necessary to register Jonni for kindergarten. (side note; can you BELIEVE all the crap they want just to get your kid into PUBLIC school kindergarten? What with moving and such recently, I had absolutely no idea where any of this stuff was, so I had to go get copies of everything. What an absolute pain.) I dropped the kids off at my mom's and ran to do that little errand. It took less than an hour, but I rediscovered something I haven't done in I can't remember when; driving by myself. I always have somebody in the car with me, the kids, the husband, a friend or whoever. This was a completely unexpected pleasure, to drive solo. I could listen to my heavy metal cranked as loud as I could stand it (which is loud because I am deaf), I didn't have children firing questions at me or fighting or complaining, a husband complaining of my song choice, and/or making fun of the song, or the considerations of a friend to be aware of. It was fabulous! What bliss! I highly recommend it to my mommy friends. Just leave the kids with the husband, and go for a little drive to nowhere in particular all by yourself. Heaven!
I'm so happy that the week didn't turn out (so far anyway, but now I'm ridiculously optimistic to the point where it won't matter if it bad things happen anyway) as stinky as it started out. It's amazing what a good old friend or two, a little sun and water, and some fresh air will do for your outlook on life! Cheers!
The Almighty Liz