Visit #3 and 6.5 hrs at the IMA

Yesterday was our 3rd visit with J, G, K & Z since the Babe’s arrival–we saw them at Christmas, for Z’s 4th bday, and we had a fun picnic yesterday. Why yesterday?

I’ve learned that J likes to take a few days off of work to, in her words, “get ready” for a visit with us. She typically works 50+hrs a week, and rather than have just one day off, she saves her vacation time so that she can take several days off in a row. In April, she told us that she’d have some time coming around her bday, which was Tuesday (which, oddly enough, is also K’s bday). So when we looked at what would work for all involved, a Friday afternoon turned out to be best.

We found a park near L’s office, so that he could just leave work a little early rather than have to take a 1/2 day or whatever, and I packed some snacks, including little cupcakes to celebrate J and K’s bdays (we sent e-cards earlier in the week).

Like I wrote about April’s visit, we weren’t nervous this time–it really is like going to see relatives we see only a few times a year. The only thing we weren’t sure about was G–he and J haven’t been getting along very well lately, and as J has put it, she think it’s sort of the “beginning of the end”. But everyone came, and everyone behaved and the Babe did just fine.

We played on the playground, snacked, and J and I took Z and the Babe around the little lake for a stroll, so we got to talk a little bit without the boys. K commented on all the recent pics on the Babe’s photoblog–she’s a frequent visitor. We hung out for about 1 1/2 hrs, and then the Babe was past tired, so we packed it up.

6.5 hours at the IMA

From there, L took the Babe home, and I moved on to the next part of my day–a girls night out!! I got together with a few friends for a movie under the stars at the Art Museum. They show movies every Friday in the summer–VERY cool. It’s an adult, BYOB type picnic, so I went prepared with an adult beverage cooler and some cheese and bread. Really, what else do you need?!?!

We went a few summers ago as a group, and remember long lines, and the shows selling out and whatnot, so we were prepared this year!! I got there at 5pm, ready to camp out in line…except there was none. The tickets didn’t go on sale til 5:30. So I hung out in the shade, people watching and enjoying the silence. A friend arrived right at 5:30, and she also wondered where the crowds were. But we weren’t taking any chances–we bought tickets for the other 2 in our group, and we went to go stake out a “good” spot on the terrace. We were the 2nd group out there–so we did get a “good” spot!

A museum volunteer did let us in on a secret–since we now observe DST–the movies don’t start til close to 10pm–so the crowds don’t come so soon. After baking in the sun for 3 hours, I can understand why! And really, the crowds never did come–there were no lines for the BR, no lines to buy food, no lines for anything. Very weird, but maybe the subtitles turned people off–who knows.

Regardless, we all had a great time consuming our beverages, snacking and catching up–although we were yawning when Like Water for Chocolate started at 9:40pm!!

As we packed up at 11:30, I did some mental math and realized that I had spent more time at this, my second picnic of the day, than I had at work. Not a bad way to spend a Friday in June.


So I’m not posting….

not because I don’t want to, but because we are having computer issues with at captial I. Which means my computer time is limited to the 15 minutes I may or may not have at work, or some other random time. Hardly time to collect my thoughts for a blog post.

However, I think L is distracted enough at the moment that I can extend my “turn” at the computer.

Tonight we had a totally random party at our house!! On a Tuesday!! It was so much fun, and I may still be a little buzzed. I had invited a friend to come swimming with her kids this afternoon…..and while I was at work another friend called her, wondering when a good time to come swimming in my neighborhood would be….so they decided that TODAY was THE day, and planned a cook out to go along with it and told their husbands to come over after work. Then I called M’s godparents at work, and they said they could totally join us, and then the only person missing was L. Well, sure enough, his class got out early and he was even able to make a BEER RUN before we sat down to grilled pork chops, grilled veggies and pasta salad. How great is that?? We had a BALL, the kids had a great time, and my house is actually cleaner than it was when I left for work this morning.

I LOVE days like this!!! Viva La Summer!!


Today the sun came out after 2 days of rain. It was a welcome relief for all involved. M got to play outside, my students had reccess and the flower beds have a chance to dry out a little bit.

Saturday night we went to a CWA (union) picinic–it was raining, so we ate our food, looked at the clown and left. Next year, if the weather is nice, I think that M will have a ball. The park was really nice, and there was a set up for a few small carnival games (rained out) and a moonwalk (rained out). There was a DJ, and a beer truck. Again, if it hadn’t been 60 degrees and raining, I think we REALLy would have had a good time!

M wasn’t phased by the clown at all–L says this is her “best WTF expression”. The clown was very nice, and very calm around M, which I appreciated.

We spent Sunday in the living room, which by the end of the day was feeling really small! I think we were all happy for a change of scenary today.

Due to a staffing issue, I worked til after 3 today, so M had her longest day ever at Rainbow. She did just great–slept for her typical hour, had afternoon snack, and was playing happily when I picked her up. Of course, she promptly fell asleep, and has been down for almost 2 hours. It’s now 5:30pm. My question is, is she down for the night?? Will she get up? How long will she stay up for? She wore herself out at Relay and slept for 13 hours that night. If she sleeps 13 hours straight, that means she’ll wake up at 5am. Only about 1 hour earlier than usual. Why am I speculating? Why am I pretending I have ANY control over this whatsoever?!?!