Addie had a day off while Chloe was in school. So, we decided to spend quality time together on a mommy-daughter date.
It takes patience to spend quality time with your chatty kid. The one who talks… and talks… about anything and everything.
But we try to cherish it while we can.
To be honest, I have a diaper load of stuff to do today. It took about 30 minutes into our date for me to get my junk together and find the capacity to be mentally present during our quality time.
You know the drill. It starts with answering questions with:
“That’s cool, honey.”
And ends with: “Mom, you aren’t listening to me, are you?”
So I decided to jump with both feet in. I was going to love on my daughter for the few hours I had with her and once both girls were home, I’d start on my Ginormous To Do List.
It’s Slurpee Time! Or not.
The first stop was to a local gas station to get slurpees. What gas station DOESN’T have slurpees? Apparently, this one.
Fortunately, Addie was dazzled by the rows of candy, squished bags of fluffy pink sugar, and glass doors filled with juices. She ended up choosing a blue Push Pop, which the cash register attendant teased her about.
“Yes, I know it will turn my tongue blue,” she said with her baby dinosaur teeth.
Outside at the Pretty Much Qualified STEMRec Playground
We went to a nearby park to feast on our candy and check out the new play set that had been put in over the summer. Playgrounds nowadays are LEGIT. More climbing, balancing, hanging… awesome skills to have!
Addie and I swung together on what I like to call Turtle Swings because they look like turtle shells turned into bowls and hung with chains.
We took pictures of each other and laughed. I was getting more into our little date now.
Then she climbed her way up this netted tower and I had no choice but to follow!
Yeah… and I’m scared of heights.
It was my first time climbing up one of these. I felt a little loopy at first.
But then Addie and I reached the top and relaxed as we looked at the playground around us. We even got some awesome pics. I wanted to take a nap up there, but Addie decided we should go down and try other things.
I relented and decided to go down straight through the net. With a little squirming, it worked!
Note: playground equipment is not made for voluptuous, non-exercising mommas.
Addie tried the cool duo swing set. We decided I didn’t need to go in because then we wouldn’t be able to swing very well. She also tried her hand at pumping her legs to swing and did it for the first time! Proud Mommy moment!
On the way back to the car, we found a crack in the ground. We decided it was a baby volcano. Addie took a picture to document the moment.
Disney Princess Power in a Box
To end our date, opened a Disney jewelry project I’d bought her from Target a few days earlier. The necklaces were so easy to string because of the rubber end pieces. The beads and rubber string worked well together, allowing some movement but not so much that the beads could fall off the string easily.
We made all the princess necklaces in the box and then watched Netflix for 30 minutes before picking up Chloe from school.
Netflix is a very big deal for our family. 😉
BUT WHAT IS HAPPENING?! I gave them lunch and they are leaving me alone? Chloe is playing with Play-Doh without whining for help and Addie isn’t bothering Chloe by hovering over her?
Oh, thanks heavens. Now Cromwell and I can finally be together.
Cromwell is my laptop, BTW.
I’ve been working on the computer for 55 minutes and not a negative word from either of them. How long will this last?
When I decided to spend quality time with Addie, she felt connected enough with me to play on her own for awhile. Because she is happy and not bothering my three-year-old, I can actually get something done!
Who knew that spending time with the kids could equate to being able to spend quality time alone?
THIS MOMMA DOES!