The cardinal rule of spring break is to arrange your playdates ahead of time so that you don't end up stuck at home all day, every day, intending but failing to get out. I suck at this. Well, to be fair, I'm a million times better at it than I was several years ago, but I am far from a social prodigy. So we started the day without a real plan. I had heard that some friends might be arranging a meet-up but hadn't heard back and had neglected to follow up. So I was ecstatic when Adam called and said he was on his way to meet Corinna and her kids at the U of R lake, and could I join them? You bet! I whizzed around and packed us into the car. Although, sadly, "whizzing" still takes 40 minutes. Shoot me. Life without brown bag lunches and diaper bags, what would that be like?
Our day rocked from there. What we did:
- spent nearly 4 hours at U of R feeding ducks, playing in pine needles, running around, exploring the forest, goofing in the ampitheater, climbing trees, skipping rocks, checking out the student center, sharing snacks, and basically just enjoing a little communal parenting and open-ended play.
- continued on with Corinna, Andres, and Lola to Bev's for some ice cream. My guys insisted on M&Ms on theirs. Sure thing, kids.
- ran into my friend-from-prenatal-yoga, Tracy. I am SO psyched that we've now lived here long enough and I've gotten social enough that I keep running into people I know in random places lately. To me that's a real sign that this is home now. :) Anyway, Tracy complimented me on being out with all three kids (she's a new mom to two). As soon as she said this, my eldest child became a screaming banshee and the middle child discovered that leaning on the steering wheel makes a fantastic sound, while the youngest suddenly realized that he was tired, wet, and hungry and wanted this all to change NOW. Awesome.
- For some reason I still took all three to the organic market. We needed staples (milk, bread, cereal, fruit). I was not going to be deterred.
We all collapsed in a heap after our marathon day out. I will admit to enjoying some whiskey while Dan and I watched half of Raiders of the Lost Ark. We failed to find C3-P0 and R2-D2. Tomorrow is another day.
Oh, I loved this: Adam and Corinna declared that the victory for the first U of R playdate goes to me, for having the most children while being the most prepared. LOL, that's a first! Somehow I remembered everything - diapers, food (enough to share), plenty of water, and the camera. Do not be fooled by appearances, folks, I'm still a mess!
Photos coming soon, including some by guest photographer Adam!