This morning as I was getting Annabelle some breakfast, and trying to grab a cup of coffee the phone rang. Of course, being only 7:20 in the morning I immediately thought something was wrong and lunged to get it. Although not life threatening, it was my sister's nanny seeing if I could take little cousin C for the day so she could head to the doctor for some much needed medicine. Trying to hide the excitement in my voice I calmly reassured her we just had a playground playdate planned with a picnic lunch and C would fit in perfectly!
By this time I forgot all about breakfast, and my coffee, as A ran around the house squealing with delight and I packed two lunches for our day. Just before 9:30 we headed over to grab C and her car seat and begin our adventure.
The girls were adorable, chatting with each other the entire car ride and laughing at each other laughing. At this time I had two happy children and a whole lot of confidence in myself.
Then, enter the playground...and the two little monsters took one look at me, then at each other and tore off in different directions. With a quick game-plan, which mainly included watching C because A can fend for herself, I took off running too.
|"Can't catch me!"|
|Sharing a slide!|
|"C, it is okay, you are just a little slower than me."|
|Wanting to be just like her big cousin!|
|But not quite getting it...|
|"A, wait for me, here I come!"|
|"I lost her :)"|
|"Oh, there you are!"|
|"Gotta run, I have been spotted."|
|And the chase continued...|
|C: "I want to drive!"|
A: "No, C, let me show you how."
|A: "You have to hold it with two hands and spin it like this."|
C: "I want a turn!"
|C: "See, that wasn't so hard, was it?"|
A: "Just take me wherever you want."
About two hours later I finally stopped running and we all settled down to a nice picnic lunch. The girls must have been all worn out too, because they sat on the blanket like little angels, eating their lunches. After packing everything up (how is there so much more when there is just one more kid?) and getting everyone safely buckled in the car we headed for home and naptime.
I know my sister was worried about "dumping" C on me today, but this is why I stay home...I love looking after these little munchkins and especially lending a hand to help out when I can. I might not know a thing about the stock market, or even own a suit, but you can be pretty sure I can make a mean pb&j and am top notch at tuckering some toddlers out!