We spent Labor Day weekend visiting friends in Vermont. It was a good time, just laid-back, relaxed fun with friends who have kids and thus have a kid-friendly house and lifestyle. Mostly we just bummed around, took walks, blew bubbles, ate ice cream and Popsicles, and enjoyed the perfect weather.
PICK OF THE WEEKEND
We arrived on Saturday early afternoon, in time for Maddie and Riley to have lunch and be ready for a nap. Problem: only one Pack'n'Play available; the second one was awaiting pickup at my friend's sitster's house. Solution: Maddie slept in the P'n'P while Riley and I sacked out together on the spare bed. I was skeptical that the Ri-Man would fall asleep with me on a big bed like that, but it worked out great. I wrapped him in his blankie and we curled up together, facing each other. He patted my arm for about a minute then dozed right off. Bliss. We were both asleep for well over an hour.
ANNOYANCE OF THE WEEKEND
Getting pulled over for "making an unsafe lane change." Apparently I didn't use my signal? At least I didn't get a ticket, but it was still irritating.
SURPRISE OF THE WEEKEND
Apparently, Maddie turned two while we were in Vermont. Could someone please remind her that she's not even fifteen months old? She is suddenly extremely willful and throws the word "No!" around with wild, reckless abandon. A polite request of, "Maddie, please bring Mama your shoes," which last week was met with a smile and can-do attitude is now greeted with a shriek of "No!" and running in the opposite direction. She's quite spirited, this one. We went out for dinner on Saturday night and she threw a series of fits related to a) not being allowed to play with a metal knife, b) not being allowed to have her own pint glass of water, c) not being allowed to run into the restaurant's kitchen, and d) not being allowed to grab entire slices of steaming-hot pizza. Keep in mind that she had a host of toys to play with, her own cup of water to drink from (and was offered sips of mine, I just didn't let her hold the whole pint glass), and more than one adult willing to stroll around the restaurant with her (just not into the kitchen). She knows what she wants and she's not afraid to throw a fit to get it!
And now we're home to back-to-school levels of traffic, new kids at daycare, and leaves that are starting to turn. I'm not sad to see summer start to fade. Two more seasons left in 2007.