Yesterday was a nearly perfect day.
Jbone took the kids to the grocery store where they each picked out a dozen roses for me. They couldn’t come to a consensus on the color. On the way they discovered that John’s car had no brakes, but they got lots of yummy food (they are fixing the brakes today, to the tune of almost $900!) and the flowers, so I couldn’t complain.
They woke me up when they got home and I got to open my presents and have many snuggles.
We took the kids tractor (this thing, courtesy of Grammy and Papi:)
out for a spin until the batteries ran out and then the kids went for a bike ride while John and I sipped coffee and walked alongside them. It was so sunny and so gorgeous out. The kids and doggies each posed for a photo for me after we came inside.
My first and snuggliest baby:
My silkiest, dumbest baby:
My bravest and kindest baby (sporting what I call her ‘Diana Ross’ hair and remnants of a neck tattoo):
My funniest and wildest baby (you can’t see them but he was wearing little pink gingham shorts with bows on them that Ellen cast off this season and he snapped right up):
Next Ellen and Jbone made brunch while Harry sat on my lap in the sun and did puzzles. Aunt Ambie taught Ellen how to crack eggs in April so she was in charge of that. They were very tasty. We had all my favorites: turkey sausage, english muffins, and cheesy eggs.
Roxie had a bad seizure at the end of brunch so we snuggled on the couch and John and I tried to decide whether or not to change our plan. Originally, we had planned to go for a boat ride, but once his brakes went bad, we had planned to take the dogs and kids for a hike around the reservoir. We didn’t want to take Roxie if she was tired from her seizure, but honestly taking her swimming and hiking is one of my great joys and I didn’t want her to miss out if she was fine. Eventually, we decided to take her and set off.
It was noon and both kids fell asleep in the car on the way to the park. They awoke rested and recharged and we started the hike. It was pretty busy at the park and I was a little sad that we couldn’t go boating because it was a perfect day for it. We walked for a while and found a spot with a little bridge and a little waterfall and set up camp there. We threw Roxie’s fish into the water for her and both dogs explored the woods. The kids sent fairy boats down the waterfall and we all waded into the (cold!) water and got all wet.
Around 3 we headed back and stopped for ice cream on the way home. I got ginger, Harry and Jbone got oreo mint, and Ellen got chocolate peanut butter cup. The place we stopped has amazing ice cream. The dogs licked up after us.
Our final stop was at Ellen’s school because she did the monkey bars for the first time last week and was desperate to show us her new skill. Kindergartners aren’t allowed on the monkey bars all year but they just got permission to start and she was so proud of herself. She showed us all and we were proud too.
We headed home and the kids took a tub and then brought their sleeping bags out to the living room and we turned on Hook (my choice–one of my favorites.) John went out to get sushi (also courtesy of Grammy and Papi–the gift certificate was my birthday present!) and we ate (waaaay too much! The place we go does sushi and Korean BBQ and so with your order you get banchan, a sample of 6 different appetizers that rotate and they sent all our favorites–potato salad! fish cake! bean sprouts! kimchee! So much yum.) and watched the rest of the movie (well, Jbone watched the Rangers game) and then all hit the hay. It was an amazing day from start to finish. I feel so lucky that I get to live this life.