Once picture day was out of the way I ran home, got W to watch the girls and took Po off to Cub Scout Camp - picking up 3 other people along the way. T was home soon after so the girls were in good hands! I spent my evening corralling my seven 8 and 9 year old boys in a park FULL of 8 and 9 year old boys - all wearing the same dang shirt! Most activities were fine, but we finished at the "fishing" station - where the boys were invited to remove their shoes and get into a large shallow trough full of Rainbow Trout that they could "catch" with their hands and then release... well, since we were the last ones there the fish were... shall we say lethargic? Or maybe we'll be more honest and say dead. It was gross, but I was the only Mom neurotic enough to borrow the hand sanitizer from the cooking station and douse the boys with it. LOVE those germ busters!
Might I mention that when they asked me to pick up the boys and hang with them that nobody mentioned that they might come home soaking wet and smelling of fish? I was thrilled when the boys that came in my car were cautious about getting too wet. A big apology to my friend Mary who ended up driving home the soaking wet ones, I hope you can get the smell out!
My point? Every toddler worth their salt can say NO... so why can't I?
And left turns... really, what's so exciting about those? Well, you see - about 2 months ago the bulb in my signal burned out - and our car being one of the more difficult brands, we had to take it into the Dealership for the bulb to be replaced... come to find out that our bulb is actually so specialized to the brand of car that the dealership had to order the bulb from a different dealership! While waiting for it to arrive and waiting for myself to find a good day to leave the car (it also needed a few other things) I found MANY ways to get around town without ever turning left. There were a few scenic routes to be sure, but I just refused to turn left unless I was on a nearly abandoned street... I really didn't have time to get pulled over! So when the bulb was finally fixed this week I was thrilled - it has been such fun to come home from that obnoxious Discount Store everyone hates without going through the PetCo parking lot, straight across to Albertsons, turning around in their parking lot and then getting back on the road home!
If only I could always get such a kick from the small joys in life!