Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Truck Day

We really have one of the best libraries in the world. They plan lots of free activities for kids, and this week was truck day. Truck day is when Princeton city sends some of their large equipment to let kids climb and plan on. It sounded fun so my friend and I planned on going with our small herd of tiny humans.

So Mollie and I got Madeleine and baby X (the kid I nanny) ready. We ran for the bus where we met the rest of the herd and waited for 27 minutes for our late bus. Usually I don't complain about things like this, but it's important to the story. We jumped off the bus and power walked our strollers to the library. We missed the storytime but arrived there just as 100 knee-high toddlers rush out of the library. There were so many kids. We followed. Madeleine went straight to the trucks. She was pretty excited. 

Hey look a photo of me!

The first five minutes were great. Madeleine was excited. Baby X was happily asleep. We were taking pictures. All good. 

But then it all fell apart. Madeleine was able to climb up into one of these big trucks.

There were so many great things, like buttons that she wasn't suppose to push. 

She didn't push them. She stepped on them instead. 

In order to get the best thing ever - the steering wheel!

She wanted to stay there forever. This was wonderful! Only problem was there was a long line of impatient little people wanting to get a turn too. It didn't go well. She had already spent all of her patience up waiting for the bus. She was not going to wait in line and she was not going to share. So Mollie had to go fetch her.

The reason Mollie had to get her instead of me was Baby X had woken up. He was happily asleep with cute little dream sleep when other little children like Madeleine had discovered the steering wheel, but unlike Madeleine, they had discovered the horns - very, very loud horns that jerked poor little Baby X out of his happy milk drunk sleep. Tears were coming from Madeleine and Baby X so I feel like the photo summed up the end of the event. (The happy little guy next to her is one of our friends!)

The tears didn't stop unfortunately from either, so Mollie and I aborted the event that we spent over and hour going to. We walked through the library and then downtown Princeton. Baby X eventually was able to go back to sleep and we knew Madeleine had recovered when she started taking Sophie "window shopping." It was pretty funny. Downtown Princeton has beautiful window displays and Madeleine kept holding Sophie up to see.

Mollie and I were cracking up. Window shopping is a favorite past-time of mine, especially when I'm upset. (How can you be angry around beautiful things?) It amused us both that this was one of the habits of mine that she apparently is picking up.

We ended our outing with fig newtons. It didn't go at all according to plan, but hey...we had fun. 

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