I admit it. I'm tired.
Scott took over bath duties tonight which I really appreciated. After dinner I flopped down on the couch and relaxed for the first time all day... Scott asked, "Did you have a big day today?" Well, let's see. I got up and ran 10 miles this morning before anyone else rolled out of bed. Then I entertained a toddler for 4 hours, then I rode my bike trainer while she napped... managed to reply to a few emails before I heard her calling for me... then I entertained the same active toddler for 5 more hours (at the mall nonetheless- more on that later) and then got home and busted my butt to get dinner ready before any hunger fits were thrown. Then I cleaned up the kitchen and washed all the dishes. So, I guess it was just a normal day.
That's a schedule that's easy to keep for a few days, but day after day after day after day... well, it gets hard. Mama needs to relax a bit sometimes, you know? Chill out with my feet up. Maybe tomorrow. Ha! Not likely.
Easter is coming so I took Moana to the mall this afternoon to meet the Easter Bunny. She was intrigued for sure but she didn't want to get too close.
Sometimes they do pretty cool things at our local mall. Today they had little Easter activities where kids could create a little Easter basket, make some bunny ears, and dye an egg. Moana liked her basket but only for about a minute. And she did NOT want it decorated at all. She wanted nothing to do with the bunny ears (so clearly there are no pictures of her wearing them) but she did enjoy watching me color the egg. Very interesting. I put the egg in her little basket which she thought was pretty cool to carry around- for like a minute. Then she took the egg out of the basket and threw it on the ground. Perfect.
Luckily there were lots of other things to do at the mall too. Who knew the mall was so full of free entertainment? I never went to the mall before I had Moana. Now we got quite often, though rarely for shopping. Mostly just for the free entertainment. It's like an amusement park for toddlers over there. See? You can even drive an ice cream truck.
You can ride a shark!
This little play area there is great for Moana now that she can really climb all over the stuff. She squeals when she sees it and if I'm carrying her she insists, "DOWN! DOWN!" She likes to walk herself all around the mall and explore, and I pretty much let her do just that. I just follow her around and she manages to find the toy store, the arcade, the mini golf, and the bouncy house room. Today she scored herself a free balloon from a store manager who thought she was cute. She was obsessed with the balloon until I actually tried to give it to her, when all of a sudden she was scared and started crying, "NO NO NO!" You wonder what goes on in that little mind of hers.
Like her bracelets?
This morning she dug into a drawer and found her old baby bottles and immediately decided that those bottle tops made good bracelets. She wore those all day.
Anyway, clearly we really do have a ton of fun together and I enjoy the heck of of spending my days with her. But I won't lie. It wears me out.