Some Days You Just Have to Go

After our week of quarantine, I decided we needed to spend more time out of the apartment than in it. There’s only so many times you can play with the shape sorter pot without going crazy. Yesterday we went to the park with some friends before Gymboree, but this morning our day was wide open and by 9 o’clock I knew that if we didn’t get out of the house we’d all go a little crazy. A few weeks ago we went to the Children’s Discovery Center in town and I ended up buying an annual pass for me and Stella because I knew that having one would be an easy way to plan an outing. Plus, we only need to go 6.25 times to break even and this way I don’t feel like we need to spend all day there to get our money’s worth. An hour there with a toddler is more than enough time. IMG_5344 IMG_5346

We started out with giant blocks. They’re still a little heavy for Stella to take apart, but they’re much easier to stack. She liked the other kids wearing the hard hats but didn’t try one for herself, and maybe it’s just as well. We’ve already suffered through hand-foot-mouth, we don’t need to see what all the fuss is about lice. IMG_5347 IMG_5348 IMG_5349 IMG_5351

After the blocks we spent a lot of time at the train tracks and road. She didn’t figure out how to drive either the cars or the trains, but she loved to pick them up and bang them together.IMG_5352 IMG_5357 IMG_5358

After that she went straight for the giant car. It’s the drive up teller at the bank, which is a little weird because she’d have to yell across the car in order to get what she wanted. No matter, all she wanted to do was pretend to drive. And then climb down and climb back in. IMG_5361 IMG_5363

After that we did a little bit of grocery shopping. Well, more like joyriding with the grocery cart. Pushing the cart is one of her favorite things in real life, so having one just her size pretty much blew her mind.

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And then I discovered that the ATM gives you fake money and she was so excited when that strip of paper printed out. Moments later she fell down, though, and forgot all about the money.
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She got to be a judge. I though she might like to try to bang the gavel, because she loves loud noises, but she was too interested in the fake mail. After that we spent a few more minutes in the grocery store before heading home. Minus a few kids who didn’t want to share and were a little rough in letting Stella know that she should not touch their basket, it was a pretty nice way to spend the morning. I was hoping that it would tire her out enough to take a good nap, but these days it doesn’t seem to matter what we do. Naps are just getting shorter and shorter. IMG_5369 IMG_5370We ended the day at Costco. I like to let her wander around in some of the more empty aisles. She stopped at every aisle end to check out the framework. Her dad will be so proud. I almost lost her a few times between big items (like mattresses) and ended up having to put her back in the cart before she started stealing blackberries. Luckily they were giving out samples of waffles. I gave her one and then she took mine and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen her happier. She had a huge smile on her face as she waved them about. A woman behind me in line said, “It doesn’t take much to make them happy.” And it doesn’t, really. Some days it may not feel like it, but it doesn’t take much to make this kid happy.

 

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