Our day started with clouds and a blustery wind - much different than the sunshine and warm air we were anticipating.
So we altered our plans for our family day pretty readily.
The first of our new games arrived - Sudoku!
Seems to be something we'll like - and I am super excited that the board is gridded perfectly for a beginner to learn to play Go. (Which I had in mind when I ordered the game.) Ha.
Since our day had gone from plans for Outside to inside, Maddie asked if I would like to play some games with her.
We played Mancala.
And she got the geoboard out of the cupboard, so we played Maze games.
(I'm getting better at making more challenging ones. I like making traps - so the marble will roll off the board if you're not careful - when it's Maddie's turn to create a maze, she always closes them up. :) )
And we played with tangrams.
After piddling around for a while, we headed out the door - I wanted to go get the babes a little Valentine present (because I love them, and I like to give them presents), and since I wanted to be with my family, I dragged them with me.
First to a nursery - I've been wanting to get Trevy a Venus Flytrap since before Solstice, but I hadn't gotten up there. I hadn't told him what his present was going to be - and he had been guessing, but as soon as we pulled into Cactus and Tropicals, he said "A Venus Flytrap!" :) Maddie picked out an Octopus Plant.
Off to the toy store! We have a new family member - her name is Jasmine, and she is a giant chihuahua. I tried to in a teasing way tell Maddie that we were not chihuahua people, but rather St. Bernard people, but no dice. She loved that dog, and carted her around in the store, saying things like "But she's never had a home..." and "Don't worry, Girl, you'll come home with me...." so really the parents had no chance. When choosing a name, we naturally offered "Ratdog" but Maddie didn't think it would do, I guess. But we did get from "Chihuawee" to "Jasmine" (Pedro? Butch? Lola? Princess? Daisy?), so that's something. And sometimes Madd says she's a golden retriever, so maybe there's hope.
Trevelyn chose a few authentic -"authenticated" he calls them- dinosaurs. He's ready to spread out over the backyard, again. (Remember last summer when we had scenes all over the backyard?) He's ready.
I also picked up for Trev a small game of Chinese Checkers, since he had been asking about it a couple of days before.
To pick up a pizza,
and to home.
By this time it was apparent that there wasn't going to be enough time for a proper swim, so that idea was canceled, too, and we contented ourselves with Home ideas.
Jumped on the trampoline with dad.
Did research on our little carnivorous babies.
Set up a terrarium - a new home for Venus and Mr. Tentacles.
Trev and I played Chinese Checkers.
Maddie sat in her room, contentedly trying doll clothes on Jasmine. She found three things that fit, so she's happy.
I don't know how Valentiney our day was... I mean... bake-at-home pizza and no candles or champagne or anything.
But given the choice of a few select highly-celebrated, calendar days throughout the year,
or an enthusiastic, joyful, and richly celebrated life...
I somehow can't feel unhappy about the way things are turning out, you know?