Have We Lost Our Minds?
Pregnant with our fourth child, my husband has a moment of inspiration and suggests a cross-country family trip during maternity leave.
Every all-nighter needs a moment that marks the change of a new day. Most of the time it does not follow the clock. For this drive, a new day was marked with three things: George took a shower, sun came up, and our girls woke up. First came birthday kisses to Biscuit! And then coffee for Mommy. I got quite a bit of posting completed when I wasn't driving.
Biscuit started her birthday with Moana and a Wendy's Jr Bacon Cheeseburger. She was all smiles, considering she found the cheeseburger down in her seat from the night before. Gave only silly faces when asked to smile for her birthday though. Little stinker.
Found my Baby K'Tan Active in Corvallis, OR, spied a park on the way too, and located the recommended grocery store. Biscuit went in with me to pick out her breakfast birthday cake as requested. Diligently considered all the options and selected a black and white 8" cake. Kind bakery employee asked her favorite color to be able to write 'Happy 5th Birthday' in yellow. I picked out a treat for myself. Meanwhile, George had the rest of the crew at Dollar Tree for balloons.
Market of Choice is a glorious grocery store. George came back and switched with me but I couldn't stay away so I brought Bubble, Tiny, and Brogden in for the bathroom and to shop. Oh to shop. $100 later George emerges with no help from me. Biscuit is thrilled with her balloons overflowing in the car seat and somehow she finds room to get in and buckle.
The charming neighborhood park had the most perfect shaded table for our breakfast cake. Sang happy birthday and blew out the candle five times for her five years. The inhouse party planner I employed selected OJ as the drink pairing and cups were dispersed. Bacon was also on the menu but I goofed at the store and put microwave ready instead of ready to eat. Pork stored for another day, the girls were happy with cake and OJ.
Ran off to play and left mommy and daddy to get to know some of the adults at the park. One of the children they played with had the most wonderful iridescent cowboy boots ever seen by man. George and I struck up a conversation with the little girl's mother. It flowed natural just as Saturday morning did with the family at the campground. I wished this was our neighborhood playground and I could hang out with this mother every weekend. She gave us some good tips for campgrounds (all turned out to be full) and sights to see in Corvallis. It is sad to realize we have to leave our new friends to continue Biscuit's birthday celebrations.
We let Biscuit decide the rest of the day and she chose the Portland Children's Museum with watching the rest of Brave on the way. Our Marbles membership allows for us to have 50% off and we turn the sugar filled girls loose. They had a blast exploring and celebrating not being in the car. I took the time to test drive the newest purchase. The Active K'Tan is waaayyyy cooler than the original and I am pleased.
I bring monkeys into the hotel room. Practically have to sit on them to keep them from bouncing everywhere. I know it was the breakfast cake and candy bag so I can only redirect and not punish. Found Mulan, Biscuit's favorite, on tv. Someone up there has our backs tonight.
George makes it known that I am to order and pick up dinner. Biscuit chose pizza and I found a place that had cashew cheese as an option. I am terse that I don't get an opinion on if I want to go but soon realized I needed to be alone. Sitting at the bar and waiting for take out was a delight. I heard a few cries but found pleasure in knowing I wasn't responsible. I even ordered the lemonade special as a treat.
Pizza devoured and quickly breaking down, we move onto presents. Monkey back pack and Minnie dress up doll from Texas, book from Colorado, snake toy from West Marin, and glass octopus from San Francisco round out the stash. Couldn't locate a pen to write on the cards. They will be put away for another birthday.
Angels tucked into bed. Exhausted from a fun sugar-filled day. And birthday girl cuddled up with her Minnie.
Steps taken: I forgot to check the Fitbit to see if it charged
Miles driven: 237.4
8/23/2017 08:48:46 am
I took kinsley to the portland children's museum when she was around 8 months old, we loved it! it was the best!
8/23/2017 08:57:06 am
My girls still share stories from that day! Loved the clay room.
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Mother of four children living up the maternity leave from the job of an agriculture teacher.