So where does that leave me? Well, we haven't done one of these feats in a while so when I said yes to this chore, I forgot that small children are a) not quiet in a house 2) not able to watch these movies and f) not likely to leave Aaron alone especially if he brings Brutus. I started planning a day long excursion with both kiddos but didn't decide on our destination until midnight on Friday. Where could we go with questionable weather and stay out for twelve hours? It had to be a combo of things so we did the errands business in the morning- hair cut, Starbucks run, gas up the car and hit up Northwest Trek AND IKEA for the rest of the day.
Usually any two items from that list is enough to run Breckin and Ella ragged but the whole list? It was the antithesis of movie day. I didn't sit down for twelve hours. Ella sort of did but she was more interested in getting out at each animal habitat and playing in the kids furniture at Ikea so not only did I not sit down, I was lifting her in or out of the stroller five hundred times. Breckin walked the whole way at Trek and played in the ball pit at Ikea. Hello exhuasted feet. Both kids were phenomenally good. Beyond my expectations. I think it helped that it was a yes day. Wanna go back to the wolves? Sure. Wanna eat hot dogs for lunch? Sure. Wanna visit the scientist research cabin fourteen times? Ok. Slow down? Fine. Run? You bet. Whatever caught their fancy, we did. Cause we didn't have to be home at any certain time. We spent six hours at the Trek going back to visit Ella's favorite river otters no less than ten times. We checked on Breckin's wolves at every opportunity. We played scientist and lost camper and forest adventurers in the research cabin. We had ice cream. Twice. We had the luckiest tram ride of the day seeing newborn bison, black tailed deer, their babies, trumpeter swans, mountain goats, elk, caribou, moose and their babies, a hummingbird flew through our window, a raccoon, blue heron, and bullfrogs. Breckin saw a wolverine go poo in it's den. He listened to the park ranger talk about a Spotted owl and asked intelligent questions like "how old is that owl when is his birthday mine is May 11th?" and "did you know I've been very good at not touching the stinging nettles?" and "I think I'm kinda done with this owl which way is it to the wolves?" He's scientific like that. I took some pictures but it wasn't worth my arm skills to try to juggle the camera and chase Ella and pull Breckin back from habitat fences. So the pictures lost the battle. There are some over there. They ended about lunch time as did my arm tolerance.
The kids went to bed at 10:30- parent award of the year, I know- but we don't do days like this very often and I'll consider it a vacation day. Would they have gone to bed much earlier if we were in a hotel or cabin? Nope. And I'm really hopin they sleep past 8:00 and don't mind playing some board games or coloring or watching a movie tomorrow. My feet could use the break. Sorry, hon. Looks like it's more movies.