On Saturday, Aaron decided he wanted to visit the Cabela store about an hour south of where we live. To say that Maddie is not a big fan of long car rides would be an understatement. Do you remember the scene in the movie, Dumb and Dumber, where Jim Carrey makes "the most annoying sound in the world"?
Let's just say that without a continuous supply of snacks, Maddie is able to replicate that sound for over an hour. I don't think her waistline will tolerate more than one trip to Cabela's per month, so Aaron just took Parker this time.
Maddie and I spent the morning walking and shopping at a local town center. We visited a bookstore and stopped in the gift section. While I browsed the bookmarks, I noticed Maddie was awfully quiet. I turned to see her adorned with a plethora of Mardi Gras beads (hope she didn't do anything to earn them...she has been known to flash her belly button). Despite the colossal tantrum she threw upon removal of the beads, we had an excellent time together.
Aaron reported he and Parker had an equally fun time. Parker saw a policeman and went up to introduce himself, then promptly reached for the officer's gun. The policeman offered Parker his flashlight instead. Good call.
Parker then chatted it up with the concession stand worker, who was apparently quite happy to converse with him. (He is pretty cute, if I do say so myself). She noticed his firefighter boots and asked him: Are you a firefighter?
Parker (in his best, low fireman voice): Yup.
Employee: What fire department are you with? Lewis County?
Parker (oblivious): Yup.
Employee: Keep up the good work! Keep putting those fires out!
Parker (still using his deep voice): Don't worry. I'll protect you.
I'm sure she must have been very relieved to hear that, never mind the fact that we live in Snohomish County...
As much fun as we had apart, it sure was nice to have the whole crew together again. It's refreshing to know I can miss the kids after a short time apart. Bring on the preschool!