Considering I was away last weekend and will be away next weekend, I decided to give Sam the gift of a whole day to get some stuff done, and give myself the gift of a whole day with the kids to myself. We left the house at 8 am and got home at 5 pm. Despite the chilly weather, we headed straight to one of my favorite places in the wide world: Sand Beach.
I thought it was cold, because it was (48 degrees). But what can I say, my kids are rugged Mainers who got right into the water. I had to wade through this stream too, and my feet were instantly numb, but they didn't care at all.
I did not bring their bathing suits. I guess I should have.
From there we went to the playground at the MDI YMCA known to the kids as "Half Marathon playground," since that is the only time they've played there, then to Reny's (it's a Maine thing) to get some new shoes for Skyler. Reed picked out some new socks. They both left so happy.
Next stop, the movies! We went to see Rio (it was very cute). We got settled as the movie was just starting, and I looked to my right to see Reed, his little face glowing from the movie light, eyes wide and mouth stuffed with m&ms, and to my left to Skyler, who looked at me and smiled. Reed loved his new socks so much that he had brought his little Reny's bag into the movies and was clutching it proudly. I swelled with love for my time with these crazy, cool kids while they are so little that they can barely hold the movie seat down, but big enough to laugh at the funny parts of a movie and sit still for the whole show.
As we walked out of the theater, Reed shouted: "BEST DAY EVER!" And that was before we came home to dinner on the patio and roasted marshmallows by the fire. And just to keep me from ending the night all sentimental, Jackson got out of the house just as we were coming in and ran away (there is a dead animal that he's interested in under the neighbor's wood pile), and Reed stood on the porch and yelled: "YOU IDIOT!"
It's such a good life. I'm so very lucky.