Today I had the brilliant idea to haul the babies to one of the better parks in the area....just like every other mother in Cobb County. I forgot about spring breakers. The place was beyond packed. I even had to wait in line, then circle the parking lot a few times before finding a spot. And parking my behemoth vehicle is no easy charge.
Bubbles have been high on the popularity list around here these days. We have been through lots and lots. The little ones we have here are some that Chewmomma found at Walgreen's. They are the best! They blow tons and tons of bubbles, and as a bonus, they are scented. :o) They look like little coke bottles, making them the perfect size to keep in the car, diaper bag, stroller, or beside my bed (when a distraction is necessary so I can get in "just five more minutes"). (Kidding on the last one.) I am going to go back for more...can't remember the name. I had considered getting the little wedding kind, just for convenience, but I'm completely sold on these ones.
The other (cheap baby entertainment) thing I'm loving these days is a little plastic sprayer that came in one of those little toiletry sets from Wal-Mart. I fill it up with water when we are going out in the heat and spritz the babies to cool them off (and myself when I'm walking on the trail). It entertains Jack and Amelia for a good 15 minutes straight, then I periodically re-introduce it every so often in rotation with all the other forms of distraction/entertainment I've concocted so I can keep them in the stroller while I walk. HAHA!
I think he was just contemplating which plot of land to graze upon first...
Amelia met up with "The Girls" at the park. The Barbies, as you can see.
I never dreamed she would love Barbies so early! Kelly Jo and I used to play with our Barbies for at least 3 hours every Sunday after church. And I did that till ... well, I won't tell you how old I was when I put them away finally. It cracks me up how she wants to take them everywhere and play with them.
Um, one problem...y'all, they are always nekkid. I even overheard a little pack of boys at the park making fun of the little girl with the nekkid Barbie doll. Hehe! ;o) Honey, she just loves 'em so...
After spending almost 3 hours at the park, I gladly gave up my parking spot to one of the 10 lined-up mommas waiting on a spot.
Then, we went to the mall to hoof it around for a while. I actually was (and still am) on the hunt for a bathing suit. If y'all had any idea how much I dread bathing suit shopping...oh, it's torture! It doesn't help now that I have a toddler with a loud, carrying voice that feels compelled to provide commentary whenever we get inside the dressing room.
Jack E. Toos logged about a million steps.
And between Jack Jack and all the mannequins, Amelia logged about a million hugs.
Like I've mentioned before, I think she loves the mannequins because they are just giant Barbies. Only some of them don't have heads, and we always have to stop and discuss the why-fors and where-tos of the headless models.
Like this case, for example.... "Momma, Momma! Where their heads go?"
When it came time to head home for dinner, these babies were just plum tuckered out.
Couldn't hardly keep their little eyes open....
Please!! Not these babies!!!
They managed to muster up enough energy to sing "The Wheels on the Bus Go 'Round and 'Round" over and over and over for the entire 20-minute drive home.
(For the record, I was not driving at these moments.)