Yesterday, the kids and I took a roadtrip to surprise my Mom, Bee Bee, for her birthday. The trip is 3 hours each way. Thankfully, the potty training is a little more under control that the last trip where I had to pull over 9 times in 3 hours. This time it was only 5. I am also grateful that I did not personally require a pit stop, because there is nothing quite like unloading everyone to come into a public restroom and serve as an audience for my "fluid adjustment."
My Mom was thoroughly surprised. Aunt Boo and my niece, Sydney, met us outside her office building shortly before 5pm. We were able to sneak into her office undetected. (Quite a feat with small, giggling, excited children.) The door to her office was open and she was working on her computer with her back to us. R, smiling ear to ear, creeped up behind her and touched her arm. As she turned around the look on her face was priceless. Watching it dawn on her as the other children ran in with shouts of "Hap-pee bir-day, Bee Bee! Sup-wise!" was worth every minute of the 6 hour round trip and the tank of gas!
We had dinner, playtime, presents and cake before changing into pajamas, reloading the car and making the trek back home. Thankfully, my 10 year-old niece made the return trip with us and is staying until Thanksgiving. I have been so productive this morning! By 8:30am I was dressed, all the beds were made, laundry was going, breakfast was cleaned up and my 20 lb turkey was brining. The cousins are thoroughly enjoying each other. I am loving having this extra set of hands--and what a bonus that she is as entertained as they are!
I think I might need to ask Santa if he can bring me a 10 year-old for Christmas. ;-)