Do you ever have so much going through your head that you can’t get anything out clearly? That’s been me all week.
I suppose it is because Sara Ellen is out of school but I have been trying to have something going on each day. I have two active girls. They have lots of energy and they take a lot from me. Many days I find it easier to cope by staying home. Other parents might schedule lots of play dates, park visits, lots of outings to spread the energy. I do plan those things. Just not everyday all day.
Today it was a 10 AM rendezvous at the Palo Alto Jr Museum and Zoo after painting on her easle. It sounds “late” running into nap time. Eliza has been going on one nap these days and she woke around 8 so I figured she’d nap on the way home. There were a lot of visitors at the museum. The corner for strollers should have been on a turntable. Arriving right at opening didn’t help. It took assistance to get ours extricated.
The girls all enjoyed the exhibits. In the small zoo area, of local animals, Sara Ellen kept instructing her classmate on their next destination. Her friend however is also an older sister, though not bossy, has her own mind and decided what she wanted to see. Back inside they spent time apart but reconnected and had a long conversation about planes landing during lunch at the park right outside. Around 12 Eliza was a little antsy and I was ready to go. Sara Ellen watched Eloise and Peep while Eliza and I napped.
After getting a little restless inside Sara Ellen decided to ride her bike, which never lasts very long then I agreed it was a good time for the pool. It was about 4:30. There were there young Japanese boys in the pool. They weren’t rowdy but they didn’t have any interest in including Sara Ellen. That didn’t stop her from including herself. She’s pretty extroverted. A good quality for a “new girl”. Another neighbor came with her daughter but she and her friend had a swimming lesson and couldn’t play. But us mothers both have one year olds as well and had a nice conversation. Our older girls will be at West Valley Elementary this fall but her daughter’s birthday is in May so she’ll be in first grade.
Back home we got baths and made dinner, almost simultaneously. Eliza was up and down. This all may not seem so exhausting but I was trying not to yell. I was tired. I wanted help. I wanted the friends around who I’d been talking to but only virtually. After sitting down to dinner Eliza was happier somehow. I made her laugh and helped Sara Ellen with her new workbook. I read to her and started laughing. Why? I don’t know. Tim was finally home and I was just so done. Teeth brushed. One more book read. Big girl in bed at 8:45. Little girl asleep around 9. Good day. But long. A long day. *sigh*
My sister is 25 tomorrow! I’m going to see Jane Eyre with friends. I wish she could come.