We had a playdate with our good friends the H's, and as usual, had an amazingly good time and left scratching our heads as to why we don't do this more often. The kids play on their own for hours, and by the time we are ready to leave, or they're ready for us to leave due to assorted obligations, the last thing anyone wants to do is leave. There is just so much they enjoy doing together, and it's always nice to share stories in the trenches with my comrade, CH. Either way, it had been maybe two months since we'd seen these guys.
It was difficult tearing myself away from the barn, because the weather was beautiful and an ideal time to get some things done, but you can't deny your kids an enriching good time. Also, CH offered to watch the kids if I ever needed to get some work done sans interruptions. AND, CH's husband, my good friend DH, has every tool on the planet, not to mention a truck that he is happy to let us borrow. I'm going to use his extension ladder this weekend.
We didn't want to show up for lunch empty handed, so I scrambled to make whoopie pies in the AM. They are actually a pretty simple desert, they just take a little elbow grease to whip up the batter and frosting. We brought a pineapple for the lunch, as well. A locally grown one, of course.
CH is one of the most plugged in people on the planet. She knows all the cool things going on and is a fountain of wisdom. I always learn about cool happening in town through her, so it's good to touch base. She is also filled with good advice about homeschooling. She's a certified Vermont teacher, after all, so a good person to talk to about learning.
Best of all, the kids operate at the same speed. They are on the thoughtful, cerebral end, they all love books, they don't watch TV, and find intense, loud crowds to be overwhelming. Plus, N is in awe of C, so he not only has a bit of a hero figure, but a good source for hand me down clothes. He is very meticulous about what he wears, the only pants he'll wear are the custom tailored ones from Grandmum, but when they get the seal of approval from C, he's more inclined to accept them.
We had a nice day, it must have lasted at least five hours, and by the afternoon, I was getting anxious to lay some ice and water shield down, and we had to get to Shepard's Pie for the big show.
We left saying we had to do it again soon, but we say that every time and then months pass by. We'll see how it goes this time.
Until then, thanks for reading, and thanks to Yamamoto Ortiz for the pic.