Well it finally happened. I knew that it would have to happen eventually, I just wasn’t expecting it quite so soon.
Yes, yesterday was the day. The day that Brandon and I discovered that we are BORING.
To a 5-year-old, anyways.
Let me back up. I’ve already mentioned that Brandon’s brother and his family were in town from Florida. So yesterday, all of us decided to get lunch with Brandon’s grandmother, Chris.
We went to a restaurant in Lima called “Casa Lu Al.” Don’t ask me what it means. And actually, don’t ask them what it means either… evidently it doesn’t mean a whole lot of anything!
Casa Lu Al is Brandon’s grandma’s favorite restaurant. And I can understand why… everyone there knows her ! Eating lunch at the Casa with Chris is like eating with the Pope. Or Britney Spears (close comparison, huh?).
She even has a sandwich named after her!
I wasn’t kidding when I said that she’s well-known around that place!
Yesterday I got the Casa’s lunch special, fish and chips.
After drenching the entire plate in malt vinegar (my dad is British… I was channelling my UK roots ), I quickly ate the entire thing. It was delicious, and I was starving.
In the meantime, Mary-Allison enjoyed playing with my camera.
She got some pretty good shots!!
After lunch, Mary-Allison came back to Uncle B and Aunt Kristen’s house for the day. We were excited to show her just how cool it was to hang at our place!
When we first got back to the house, we immediately put the movie “Tangled” into the DVD player. Mary-Allison has been talking about this movie all week, and she was excited for Uncle B to watch it.
Considering the fact that it’s a Disney cartoon about a princess, I don’t think Uncle B was initially super-stoked.
I, on the other hand, loved it! It’s a must-see for anyone who likes Disney. So cute. And in the end, I think Uncle B enjoyed it… or at least, he enjoyed watching it with his niece!
After the movie, Mary-Allison and I played a little with the Disney dolls that she had brought with her.
That activity lasted a whole 10 minutes. And then … we were stumped.
Uncle B and I realized that we had zero, zip, nada for our niece to play with. I’m surprised that she didn’t revolt.
So, we did what anyone with half an imagination would do …
… we improvised!
After playing dress-up in Aunt Kristen’s shoes, and using Uncle B as her own personal horse, Aunt Kristen gave her a mani and pedi while Nick Jr. was on (hey, don’t judge … desperate times, people!).
Soon it was time for dinner. Pizza, of course, because we want her to come back again.
Then we decided to take a trip to the park.
Little did we know, that our time at the park would be spent running away from killer ducks.
OK, so maybe they weren’t killer ducks. But they sure scared Aunt Kristen and Mary-Allison!! (Uncle B, on the other hand, thought Aunt Kristen was being ridiculous. But I don’t care. Those beaks looked menacing!)
The park ended up being a bit of a bust. There weren’t any swings, Mary-Allison kept worrying about spider webs, and the slide was too hot to slide down. Strike two for Uncle B and Aunt Kristen. :/
But never fear! We had one last trick in our back pocket!
Yes, ice cream makes everything better.
You know it’s hot outside when a 5-year-old starts hinting at the fact that she wants to enjoy her ice cream in the air-conditioned car (“Aunt Kristen, I could put my ice cream cup in my cup holder… it would fit!”).
So that’s what we did. We sat in the car, ate our ice cream, and played “I spy.”
And I think, in the end, the day was a success. Because ice cream always = a home run.
Question for ya…
Do you think your house would be “5-year-old kid approved?”
Do you have any nieces and nephews? What do you like to do with them (give us some ideas, please! )?