Mother’s Day

Wow… what a busy week it’s been!  Actually make that two weeks. 

After going out to Mom’s for the Mother’s Day Tea I started thinking about what to do for her for Mother’s Day.  I had her gifts picked out but I wanted to do something with her too… but I knew my boys wanted to do something with me on Mother’s Day.  So I called Mom and told her not to make plans for Friday, I was taking the day off and it was all hers.

Thursday night my niece and nephew came over for pizza night (we really haven’t wii’d in a while) and we headed to the Hallmark store so they could get cards for Granny.  While we were there I found a grandmother’s book that you added like 7 pictures to and it had space to write the answers to three questions about what you think of your grandmother.  We decided to get it and the kids put it together when we got home.  They were incredibly thoughtful in what they wrote and they worked TOGETHER (they’re 16 & 17 so this doesn’t happen often) to find pictures of themselves to put in the album.  Needless to say, my Mom LOVED it.

Friday I took Robert to preschool and then came back home.  Mom got here about 10am.  She really wanted to do piddly errand type stuff all day which was fine with me.  We went down to the City Market and to Planter’s Seed and Spice.  I treated her to lunch at Harry’s Country Club and introduced her to “sea hogs” which are these fabulous bacon wrapped shrimp… mmmmm.  Then we ran to Crown Center so she could take care of some theater tickets and shopped a bit.  At 3:30 we were back at the preschool for the Mother’s Day party.  Robert made me a wooden box with his picture on it and a vase full of coffee filter flowers.  Then we met Jim for dinner at Roxanne’s.  It was so great to have a full day with my Mom and especially to have so much time just the two of us.

Saturday a local motorcycle club held a fund raiser for my agency so I had to spend a lot of time at that.  It was not the raving success  they had hoped it would be but it did at least make some money.  The toughest part of the day for me was being around nothing but smokers for the longest time.  The last hour or so was at a bar where I think I was the only one NOT smoking… almost broke me it did.  After I got home Robert, Jim and I headed down to Crown Center for Fiesta Latina.. a nice little free festival.  Robert loves a festival and I was craving some Mexican food.  We weren’t there a long time but we had a good time.

Latina Festival

I was asked to be dressed and ready to go at 9:00am on Mother’s Day to an undisclosed location.  All the boys would tell me was to wear comfy shoes.  We wound up at the zoo.  Yeah!!!  We had such a good time.  You could actually see a lot of the animals (Kansas City residents know what I’m talking about here).  We were there early so for the first part of our day we were out of the crowds.  Most of the time was spent chasing Robert who seemed to want to go whatever direction we weren’t!  I had such a good time.  We couldn’t have asked for better weather

zoo entrance

Robert really had a connection with this elephant.  They both kind of followed each other along the fence.

Zoo Elephant

Zoo Elephant 2

Zoo Elephant 3

Zoo Buddah

Zoo Trumpeter Swan

Robert really thought this ramp was a slide and bumped himself all the way down it.

Zoo Slide Ramp

There were two rabbits in this field.. not really part of the zoo but Robert had a lot of fun chasing them.

Zoo Rabbits

Zoo Looking at Tiger

Zoo Daddys Shoulders

Zoo Tram

You would have thought the train was a roller coaster by Robert’s reaction… of course he loved it (it did actually go pretty fast)

Zoo Train Ride

This was my favorite part of the day… Robert’s first carousel ride.

Zoo carousel'

We were all quite pooped when we left the zoo!

Zoo Going Home

Monday Jim left for a four day trip… ugh!  Monday night we got home and Robert was not happy.  I kept trying to get him to let me know what he wanted so I’m asking him and signing:
ME:  Do you want a drink?
RC:  No
ME:  Are you hungry?
RC:  No
ME:  Do you want to play?
RC:  No
ME:  Do you want me to read you a book?
RC:  No
ME:  Do you want a hug?
RC:  NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ME:  Fine, then you’re just going to have to tell me what you want because obviously I do not know.
RC:  (doing the sign) Da da!

I knew then it was going to be a long week.  He really blows hot and cold when Jim is out of town.  One minute he’s playing happily, the next NOTHING makes him happy.  Yesterday he would NOT let me buckle him in his car seat to come HOME!  I’ve devised a way for him to talk to Jim on the road while I make dinner.  I put him in his high chair, put the handset on speaker phone and set it on the tray.  They talk to each other while I make dinner… when it’s time to eat I can put the phone up with minimal fuss from Robert.  Last night we had dinner and then went straight to the tub… partly because he needed it and partly because I knew it would make him happy.  Afterwards he was playing in the living room and that’s when it happened.  The biggest display of sibling rivalry between a cat and a boy you have ever witnessed.

Robert loves brooms.  Especially his toy broom because he knows it is HIS… he’s very possessive about this broom… we all know it and respect it.  Apparently Cosmo also knows it and decided not to respect it because he flopped down right in the middle of the broom.  To put it mildly Robert lost his mind.  He was jumping up and down and waving his arms and yelling and Cosmo just sat there.  If Robert moved towards the broom Cosmo would flick his head and twitch his tail… never showed claws or teeth… but of course it would send Robert into retreat where he’d jump up and down, flail his arms and yell.  It was actually quite funny. 

Today Robert was a bit of a bully at school… pushing, laying on kids, etc.  He melted down TWICE at Target… he never melts down at Target.  I tell ya… it just gets progressively worse each night Jim is gone.  Luckily once we got home and settled he did pretty good… kind of fell into his usual routine.  We’ve had quite a bit of snuggle time and the past two nights he’s fallen asleep in my arms.  I am REALLY ready for Jim to be home tomorrow though!

The bridal shower for Jessica is this weekend and I have a lot to do before Sunday morning to finish getting ready.  Robert and Daddy will have some time Saturday to re-bond so that I can work on my projects!

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