These dates have truly been a gift and I am appreciating so much being able to focus on JJ which it feels like so long since I was physically able (i.e. not pregnant) and not toting a baby around or giving him half my attention while trying to multi-task when said baby is sleeping. I just don't want to take this gift for granted and hope to keep making the most of it:)
These Thursday dates so far have been courtesy of my dear friend Anita who is so great and finding cool, FREE things to do around the city.
The first date was to a puppet show at an Information Center downtown and it was really well done and JJ was really into it. It was the story of "Bunny" (she might have had a last name?) who was feeling kind of down one morning and was trying to feel better (about herself). So, first she sees squirrels who are happy and she thinks if she has a squirrel tail she'll be happy. Then when that doesn't make her happy, she runs into a dog and thinks that if she "wuff wuff's" like him she'll be happy. When that doesn't work, along comes a raccoon and she thinks if just gets some raccoon eyes she'll feel better. That still doesn't work and then she (without realizing it is herself) sees a bunny in the mirror and sees how wonderful the ears and voice and color and well, everything is. She realizes it is herself and learns a powerful lesson about loving who she is.
(The collages are in sequential order, left to right-top to bottom, of the show)
There were free snacks and drinks (all you wanted), face painting (which JJ wanted nothing to do with!) and caricature drawings (which he did sit for IN MY LAP) and hats and bow ties for the boys (again JJ wanted nothing to do with this, but Brandon has his on below) and tutu's and wands for the girls (which Abby is sporting).
And after this we got a free admission to the zoo!
We saw our old friends Maude and Mary, the elephants. It was amazing how much bigger everyone was than when I was here almost a year ago.