Thursday, December 17, 2015

an aqua adventure

A few weeks ago my dearest friend and I talked about meeting up and taking our little to do something around Christmastime. We live a few hours away from each other, so meeting to do something is an occasion and requires planning. As the days got nearer and nearer to Christmas we decided to plan for one of two days and hope for the best. Our plan was to meet at the aquarium and then get lunch together afterwards. Good plan. Not too much, not too crazy, not too complicated. And technically it wasn't wasn't any of those things, so we decided to make it happen.

Miracle of miracles, she was on time and I was only ten minutes late[r] than she was. Thankfully she also has two little people ruling her life so she was completely understanding of the potty breaks, changes of diapers, spit up that requires a change of clothes, and all that other good stuff. I was pretty proud of myself for getting the two minis ready and in the car at almost the exact time I had planned to leave.

with two little people, this is pretty much the best you can get sometimes :) 

Once we got there we wandered around [and tried to steer clear of several field trips] and looked at all of the fish, sharks, penguins, and other critters they had. Emerson loved running around and seeing all the animals, though there were several he didn't care for and was ready to move on. We didn't stay and read all the little signs and ti-bits of information about the animals, because let's face it, we were with two two year olds, but it was neat to see the fish floating and swimming around in the water. We even got to see Scuba Santa and one of his helper elves in the big shark tank! Yikes!

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.

1 comment:

Amy said...

What a nice morning spent with friends! Our aquarium is about the same distance as yours.