The upstairs of my house is almost spotless. Everything is in its place…clothes are put away, toys are put away. Two loads of laundry have been folded, three loads have been put away. Toys that migrated into my room have returned to their homes. And I have Jack to thank for this.
Not much from me lately because I seem to be spending my evenings trying to get Jack to go to sleep. Tonight I stood outside his door and repeatedly put him back to bed…it took about 15 times and a trip to the potty. I’m also transitioning Casey to one nap. She finally took a good one today.
My sister thought I should blog about my dinner tonight. I’m not sure if she thought my experience was funny or thought the food sounded good.
I think a 13 hour car ride (which we did on Monday and then 7 more on Tuesday) would have made for a better day than today. Maybe I should have let Jack watch as much TV as he would have in the car.
I told Jack that we were going to the library today but that we couldn’t check out any books because it wasn’t our library. I thought it was a good idea to mention it before we even got to the library so that he wouldn’t melt down when we tried to leave without books.
I had no idea how traumatic the thought of going to a library and not getting books would be for him. He started crying. Tears were streaming down his face and he was sobbing, trying to tell me that he wanted new books. “I need (sob) new books…the ones we have (sob) are old now…I don’t want to (sob) read them anymore…I need to (sob) get new books.”
A request for new books is one that I find hard to turn down…especially with how genuinely upset he was about the idea of not getting any. In fact, I’m kind of proud that he has a love for books so early. So, I promised him we would buy some books.
Luckily, there was a used book store just down the street from the library. And at 50 cents a piece, Jack got all the books he wanted and a few more. It was a well spent $5. Once upon a time, I think it cost $5 a year for our out-of-town library card. 20 years later, it probably would have cost more to renew the library card than to visit the used bookstore.
Casey enjoyed the library too. She actually looked at some books while we were there, or least she looked at one page each in several books. Jack was more distracted by the toys in the children’s area and didn’t seem to notice the books. Casey also enjoyed the bookstore and made herself right at home…
We took a trip to the eastern most point in the United States today with Grammie, Grampie & Auntie Jenn. I think Casey made her first trip to Canada and maybe it was even Jack’s first. I can’t remember if he has been over there yet or not. We visited West Quoddy Head Light, then looked for seals in the harbor in Lubec, visited East Quoddy Head Light and then spent some time at a grey sand beach on Campobello Island.
Here are a few pictures from Mum’s camera…