Thursday was a challenging day.
There were lots of good things about it…like the girls working together to build a block tower almost taller than they are…like them surprising me by making MY bed!...like having our friends bike over to our house and playing outside together for most of the morning…like snuggling on the couch, reaching Little House in the Big Woods…like all four of us playing Monkey in the Middle in the basement…but there were a couple of huge challenges, too.
Although the girls’ “no bikes” punishment carried over through Friday, I wanted to start Friday off on a very different note than on which Thursday ended.
The girlies got up, and I surprised them by taking the three of us out to breakfast. Going out to breakfast is a huge treat…and the three of us have only gone together (without Daddy) once before. The girls chose to go to JD’s, a downtown bakery/café that we hadn’t been to in quite a while…a place that has farm-fresh milk and eggs and THE BEST pancakes. We each had a super-yummy pecan pancake and truly ahhh-mazing bacon. Bliss!
After breakfast, I further surprised the girls with a trip to the park, “the park with the wiggly chain things,” that my A had requested just a few days before. We had the park to ourselves!
Before we went to the playground, though, both girls wanted to go to the little soccer field “to run”…and run, they did! We played a little bit of tag, and then A suggested we take turns sprinting across the field (???). The funny thing was that A went, then B, and then A wanted to go again before she allowed me to take a turn.
We hit the playground for a while, and then headed home…sweaty, but invigorated.
The girls played SO WELL when we got home from the park. They spent most of the rest of their morning upstairs. When I went up to join them, they had a “store” set up, and Baby A wowed me with her ability to count change. (Seriously!!!)
After lunch, the girls cleaned up the den, and then we settled for some Little House in the Big Woods. I left them for a few minutes to get ready for a work meeting, and they prepared for their beloved Miss Jenny to come over – the first time since she left for a semester away in January!
It was such a fantastic day with my baby girls…just what I had hoped for after the challenges of the prior day.
And when I got home from my meeting, just before supper, I could not have been more proud to hear what Hubby had to tell me. When he got home, he offered – as usual – for the girls to ride their bikes. He told me how Baby A ponied up, “I don’t think Mommy wants us to ride our bikes today.”
What integrity my baby girl exhibited.
A proud Mommy moment to cap off such a great day!