WARNING: my child mentioned a lot in this post
We had the best day yesterday! Yes, one of the best days I have had in a LONG time. We started our day off early and met my parents at the Mall of America at 9:30. I had bought DH and my dad a gift certificate to ACES Flight Simulation for Christmas and we finally had a chance to get together so the guys could take their flight. While they were flying, my mom, L and I went over to the Nickelodeon theme park inside of the Mall and we took L on some rides. L had a blast riding all of the kid rides and I had fun hanging on tight to him as we whirled and spun all around. I have never been a ride person, but when my four year old can ride them without being scared, well, I just have to suck it up. On the little roller coaster I was laughing and screaming in his poor little ears which, in turn, made him laugh and giggle.
When my dad and DH were done with their flight we all headed over to the Rainforest Cafe. It was so fun to see L's eyes light up at the monkeys and gorillas hanging over our heads and the fish in the huge fish tanks. I bought him some little animals from the store at the restaurant and he had more fun playing with the netting that they came in rather than the animals themselves, go figure!
After eating lunch, my dad and DH took L back to the Nickelodeon park to go on some more rides and my mom and I headed over to the American Girl store where we bought my birthday presents for my niece. I had never been in an AG store before and it was crazy! There were so many women and girls there and then every once in a while we would see a guy standing off to the side looking bored. Too funny!
After we left the AG store we went to the Build-A.Bear store to get another present for my niece and my mom also got L a gift certificate for that store so that we can go back someday and he can build his own bear. My mom, sis and I have talked about going back to the Mall to go on rides and the AG and Build-A-Bear stores in June when all of our husbands go to a NASCAR race. Hopefully, it will work out.
After we were done shopping we met up with the guys and left the Mall. Then, we headed out to look at some model homes. My mom and dad and DH and I are all thinking of moving to the same development. We are both planning on putting our houses up for sale within the next month. DH and I have decided that if our house sells, it does. If not, it is fine too. Just in case, we have house plans drawn up and have been working with a builder. Anyway, I digress. So, we headed out to look at some model homes to get some decorating ideas.
We all ended the day by going to a get-together at one of our camping friends' houses. We get together every winter to plan our camping trips for the summer. There is a group of about eight families and we all go camping together in the summer.
We got home at 10:15 last night and we were all exhausted. L was such a good boy, as usual, and he had so much fun. He fell asleep in the car on the way home and looked so cute. His legs were criss-cross-applesauce in his car seat and his head was folded down on his shoulder. I just love watching him sleep. When DH carried him to bed he crawled right up and was sleeping so peacefully.
I can honestly say that I have not had that much fun or joy in one day in such a long time. I have had a lot of fun on many different days and have done lots of fun things, but yesterday was just different. It was almost like I was content for once. Like I had forgotten all about our IF and just enjoyed the fun day. I kind of felt like how I felt before we were diagnosed with IF: happy, content, joyous, care-free. It was a day that assured me that I might just be okay if L is an only child. Ahh, yes, it was a great day and one that I won't soon forget.