with two little people, this is pretty much the best you can get sometimes :)
After we finished looking at all of the fish and seeing everything we could see we walked over to get some lunch together. It was clearly lunch time as Emerson was having major withdraws from leaving the aquarium and the gift shop [those designer/builder people sure know where to place a gift shop full of fun and enticing toys]. Thankfully we made it to the restaurant and there was a booth we could kind of hide in. Emerson decided to pick the table himself, and thankfully the restaurant wasn't too busy and they allowed us to sit there. I'm there there would have been a scene if we had moved. And of course everyone was hungry at the same time - both of the older boys and both of the little babies. oi vey. Emerson was whining, Oliver was crying, my friend's little boy was in tears, her baby was hungry ... it was a little circus of sorts. And I'm sure the waiters and other patrons of the restaurant were very glad we were kind of secluded from them. Somehow we managed to appease the toddlers, order food, feed the babies, eat our own food, and chit-chat a little bit in-between all of the tears, cries, messes, and otherwise general chaos that ensued. But we did it. And we were proud. I had been a little apprehensive of being out with out anyone else there to help, especially when it was time for Oliver to eat, but it all worked out in the end and no one left the restaurant hungry, and I dare say we even left a little bit more cheerful than when we arrived.
I'm so thankful my friend was willing to spend a crazy morning with us and do something fun and out of the ordinary; I definitely wouldn't have gone without her! It was nice to have something to look forward to and it was really nice to see her again, it had been about a year since we last saw each other. Crazy how time can sneak by you like that.
It was a nice way to spend our morning and it was so nice to get out and do something. Emerson continues to talk about our trip to the aquarium and the fun he had. Every time anyone asks him what his favorite part about it was he always says, "peguets" [penguins - I just love how he says it]. It really was his favorite part; a guy was giving a little talk about them and Emerson sat still and listened and watched for the longest time! I'm pretty sure he could have sat there all day [or at least another 30 minutes or so]. It was so sweet watching him study the penguins and listen to the guy talk about them.
As we were driving out of the parking complex he commented about how Curious George hadn't been there. He was right, there was no Curious George, unlike one of his favorite books in which Curious George visits the aquarium and plays with the penguins. I just love hearing him talk and listening to his thoughts about any and everything. Such a fun age!
It turned out to be a good day, a little crazy at times, but good. And somehow I managed to keep Emerson awake for the 50 minute drive back to the house so that he would hopefully take a good nap. We stopped at the store to pick up a few things and I think that helped break it up a little bit, and for the rest of the drive home I made sure to talk to him and give him plenty to do. Once we got back home he laid down and took a long nap. Thank the Lord! What a day, what a day.