Maria had half-days on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, and now she's office on Thursday, Friday and Monday for Fall Break, so we went on a little getaway. Wednesday afternoon, I took Veronica and Maria to beautiful Ft. Wayne, Indiana, so we could see the sights there. We stayed at a Hampton Inn, and the girls were thrilled because we stayed in a suite and I was thrilled because even a nice suit in Ft. Wayne is pretty inexpensive! We went to Applebee's for dinner, then to the mall to do a little shopping, then to Culvers for Ice Cream and then back to the hotel for bath and bedtime.
HOWEVER. Those girls would NOT go to sleep. Veronica was running around the room like she was high on cocaine or something, saying, MAMA THIS HOTEL IS AMAZING! AMAZING! and Maria just ... she did not intend to go to sleep. I am sick with a cold which is probably bronchitis, or pneumonia or something and I finally just fell into bed and turned off the lights and tv and they went to sleep after a while, past 10:15, which is just insane. Then they were up about every hour on the hour, coughing, drinking water, asking is it morning, ugh, just ... up, I felt like I didn't sleep at all.
Of COURSE, they were up at 7:00. They were pounding away at me, they wanted to go to Cracker Barrel. I told them that since *I* hadn't slept all night, I was going to sleep until 8:00 and then we'd get ready so they kind of left me alone, even though Maria kept opening the door to the hallway, ay yi yi. We had a nice breakfast at the Cracker Barrel and I bought them a little trinket in that store that they love so well. Veronica had a giant fit because I wouldn't buy her - I can't even remember, something, so I just left. That happens a lot anymore, I guess if they want to have a fit they can, but I am not sticking around to see it. I do it a lot leaving the schoolyard. I tell Maria we have to go and she drops to the ground and then I just leave and she (so far) always catches up.
We went back to the hotel to check out, then to the Science Center in Ft. Wayne, which was fun, I think they had a good time. We went to Starbucks to have a coffee (me) and a treat (them) and we waited for the Children's Zoo to open. It's really closed for the season, but they have a special Halloween trick or treat thing, and we went to that. It was fun. It's a teeny zoo, compared to ours in town but it was nice and they got some more candy (which we do not need) and then they were ready to go - it was cold and right when we got in the car it started raining in earnest, so we were glad to get out of there.
We were gone about 24 hours and I wish some things were different. I wish I weren't sick, that made it difficult. I wish they would possess the ability to go to bed at a decent hour even if they are not in their room. I wish they didn't get so mad when their every wish wasn't granted, BUT, there were times when they were really good. They didn't get so mad that I wouldn't buy them a $20 snake at the zoo today, which I am taking as progress.
Lord, this one sad thing happened. One of the things at the zoo was you could make a Halloween bracelet for $3, it was basically a piece of black string and you could string 8 beads on it. EIGHT BEADS! For $3! Whatever, we did it, they each made one and I gave the dingbat a $10 bill and she held onto it forever. She said, after we were finished, waving the $10 bill at me, did you give me this? I said yes, I did and she said okay. Then she stared at me and then I realized that she didn't know how much change to give me, so I said well, if it was $3 each, then I got two and that's $6, right? She said right and ... So I said, that'll be $4 back. She said do you ever have one of those days? and I said sure but let me tell you something, Ft. Wayne Children's Zoo Carny, I NEVER have a day where I can't figure out that $4 is the change for a $6 charge if someone gives you a $10 bill. SHEESH.
Here's some pictures of our trip:
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