Summer summer summer time!
Today was an AWESOME day. Yesterday was the official ‘first day of summer’ but it didn’t really feel like it because it was bordering on rain for most of the day. Cloudy and not even worthy of an outing. Then today happened.
It wasn’t a cloudless sky by any means, although as the day went on it got sunnier and sunnier. It was warm and felt summery. (Because we’re so used to rain and grey here, I actually forgot that it was summer, and wondered if I was just a bit sweaty because I tend to get overheated easily, and should be putting more blankets on the babies because they might be cold – then I remembered it’s SUMMER!) WOW, seriously people, SUMMER IS HERE. I LOVE summer. It feels in some ways like it was just summer, and in others it feels like it was SO long ago. I just love that it’s here and I know we have several months of warmer days to look forward to. Not that summers here come with a sunshine-guarantee, but we’re at least guaranteed some, and I plan on taking as much advantage of the summer this year as possible.
I’ve been OBSESSING over getting a new stroller for a while now. We got the Graco Duoglider to start off because it was relatively inexpensive and worked as a base for the car seats. I would have preferred a double snap and go but at the time when I was needing one there were none available used on CL, and you could only buy them new in the US. Since I wasn’t up for a cross border trip when I was double preggers, I opted to go with the duoglider. But I didn’t like it functionally when it came to putting the babies in it without just having them in their car seats. I had an all-terrain Quinny for Andrew, so I was used to air tires and awesome suspension! The duoglider could have been worse, but it could have been so much better, too. I guess you get what you pay for.
My dream was to have a baby jogger stroller, but they’re insanely expensive new. The all-terrain type I wanted seemed impossible to find on CL, but I finally did and we went to check it out today. All the way in Surrey, which wasn’t super far (took about 40 minutes, adding on a little extra because we got a bit lost when Siri totally led us astray…I kind of can’t stand Siri to be honest! But that’s a different story!) but it felt like we were soooo far from home. I was so worried we’d have gone all that way and then I wouldn’t want the stroller, or it wouldn’t fit in the back of our van (which was the real clincher!) But luckily it totally worked out and we got it and I was (and am!) so happy with it. I do have to get used to pushing it around in stores because we went into a store with it and I found it hard or sometimes impossible to go down some isles. It fits through doorways, but if there’s stuff in the way in an isle, forget it! It’s great though, and can easily be pushed with one hand, and that’s with all THREE kids in it! Yes, you read right! We also bought this little board that attaches to the back and Andrew can stand on it and be pushed around with both his sisters, which is AWESOME because there are times when we go for a long walk and he gets upset after a while because he’s too tired to keep walking, so this eliminates him always having to go on someone’s shoulders or just tough it out! It’s going to be so worth the little extra we spent to get that.
After getting the stroller we went to Langley to Once Upon a Child, a consignment store I’ve wanted to check out for ages but never did because, well, it’s all the way out in Langley! It was pretty good, although we didn’t get much (we really didn’t ‘need’ anything, I was just curious about it). Andrew got an Incredible Hulk figurine (lol – he had to have SOMETHING!) and for the babies I got them a little Fisher Price walker. It was SO cute, as soon as we got it home they were itching to use it for standing, and when I put the music on that it plays, Margaret started bobbing around like she was dancing to it! Andrew wanted to claim it for his own, and played with it for about 2 minutes with his sisters, but then he declared it ‘too boring’ and was on to something else!
After our shopping we were hungry so we went to Red Robin for lunch (still in Langley). I’m slightly kicking myself because it was AFTER we left from lunch that we drove past Olive Garden and I totally LOVE Olive Garden but have only eaten there a few times because, well, it’s all the way out in Langley (lol) so yeah…but I actually think Red Robin was better for us in terms of being there with 3 little ones. The babies were so good – we had them in the new stroller and when our food came I gave them each half a slice of garlic toast and they just slowly grazed on that for pretty much the entire time we were eating. That’s a really good trick to keeping babies occupied at a restaurant. Give them something they’ve never had before! Of course it won’t work every time, but I was happy it did for us today! Andrew was good too, and enjoyed showing off his new Hulk toy to some kids at the next table over, who were really cute and even said bye to us on their way out.
When we got home I played a bit with the kids in the front yard while James did some bike maintenance, and then off he went for a bike ride. I was wilting away and could tell I was going to fade fast if we didn’t do something…It was right around 6pm and it’s my usual time of feeling dead to the world. So I fought it and asked Andrew if he felt up to a little walk to play outside. He said yes, so after Margaret did some jumpy jumps, and Emily crawled around for a while to get some energies out, off we went. We went to the little park in our complex and Andrew met two girls who were really friendly and nice to him, and then we met some people with an adorable brand new little puppy. I texted James a picture of how adorable the girls looked in their new stroller so he’d know we’d gone for an outing and he texted back to see if we wanted to meet up somewhere. So we swung by the house to grab a few extra things that we might need and off we went to the park. James met up with us there with smoothies/milkshakes which were SO yummy, and the girls and Andrew enjoyed some swing time and Andrew had fun on the playground. Lots of people flocked to the babies, I’m noticing lots of kids are really interested in them now, too. I guess now that they’re on the move, and smiling and waving (Emily waved tonight for the first time!), they’re pretty interesting to kids!
When we got home I had a bubble bath and then got Andrew ready for bed and read him some stories (our usual night time routine). Emily was already asleep and I nursed Margaret to sleep and then James and I watched some of the new season of Arrested Development on Netflix. It just felt like a really great day. It felt so good to get out, get the stroller I’ve been obsessing over, check out some new places, and enjoy the first bit of SUMMER sun for 2013. Did I mention how excited I am that SUMMER is actually here?!!?!