Should I make it a habit? Perhaps. I've fallen out of it just like I've fallen out of exercise. Juggling the five kids, the job, and all the orbiting commitments I hate to admit, is oozing into my 'me time' like the Blob.
Then there were those two birthdays a week apart. I don't have the courage these days to have big kid parties (the bain of my existence, actually) so we had a quiet 'have-a-friend-spend-the-night' then go to Magic Mountain. Which was great. And you want to know a secret? Go there on a Sunday during the winter off season and you will have the whole, run down, but still fantastic rollercoastered fun park all to yourself. Disneyland may be the happiest place on earth, but if I can go on any rollercoaster I want without waiting in a line? Six flags. They even have a crazy little kid park 'Bugs Bunny World' that was just right for Sabrina. Of course, she had to get her courage up, so that meant I had to fold my six foot frame into a few little rides; the choo choo train, the airplane, the bus,.. I drew the line at the Tweety Bird Cage. She did that fine all by herself.
My secret to keeping my sanity at big theme parks like this when I'm with my kids who are on the cusp of riding or not riding a rollercoaster? Make daddy go on with them first. If everyone survives - no puking, terror stricken screaming, etc,.. then I will accompany them for the second time. I'm a mom and I'm supposed to be protective by nature, right?
That was all for Jared's big 12 year-old birthday.
The B turned THREE this past Saturday, which meant a trip to Chuck E. Cheese. CEC on a Saturday evening is not recommended. It's great for people watching, lemme tell you. And the CEC in San Bernardino is great for that. I'll leave my comments there for this public forum.
The B had a great time, of course and is the perfect age for ripping open presents. There really is nothing better than the glee of a preschooler recieving a present. I'll post pictures as soon as I find my missing (as always) USB cable to the camera. (Found the camera! Yay for me!)
Otherwise, I've been doing a little work.
And actually reading a book! I didn't even read a book for the entirety of the year last year. I'm ashamed to admit it, but there wasn't any time. This book was very interesting and easy to read in the five minutes I get now and again (travelling 1000 miles in an SUV for Christmas break helps find some time to read.)
So, that's it in a nutshell. I'll get better at doing this regularly, I promise.