My sister Michelle and I took our collective 3 sons to Minneapolis on Saturday to visit the Lego Store at the Mall of America. The two oldest boys were very excited about shopping for Legos but Drew informed me that he had plenty of money to buy a Wii game and did NOT want to go to the Lego store. And so our journey began….
We conned our niece and our surrogate niece into going with us, bless their hearts. We thought they would be very helpful as we drove up and back in one day. Uummmm……they certainly had helpful moments between naps and ditching us for their own shopping pleasure. Honestly, I’m glad they went because we got to hang out with them but they could at least have taken one kid with them when they ran off to shop! As punishment on the way home, we tried to freeze them solid. At one point, Cortney was leaning forward, warming her face in the front seat sauna and her hands in Aunt Michelle’s armpit. One of my favorite things about Cortney is that she has no qualms about telling the kids exactly what is going to happen next and what will happen if they don’t listen. “We’re all going to the bathroom before we get in the car, stop talking and just go.” Love it. Maddie carried kids on her back and put up with everyone’s incessant chatter admirably, love her.
More favorite quotes of the day:
Drew, after making his first purchase of the day at the candy store- “I’m done shopping now, can we go back to Grandma’s?”
Gavin, after the most confusing Burger King drive through order on the way home -“I got a hamburger and that’s not what I ordered.”
Adult- “Is there cheese on it?”
G- “Yes but it’s a hamburger and that’s not what I wanted.”
A – “You wanted a cheeseburger and that’s what you have, is there other stuff on there you don’t want?
G – “No, just cheese but I wanted a cheeseburger and this is a hamburger!”
A – “A cheeseburger is a hamburger with cheese and that is what you have, a cheeseburger.”
G – “No, the top has seeds on it so it is a hamburger.”
I could go on but it is almost too painful to recount. I used “adult” because it was all 4 of us repeating the same thing to him ad nauseum.
Sam, all day long – “Can we go back to the Lego store now?”
Suzi- “I need a Diet Coke.”
Michelle – “Seriously, there’s a Just Noodles here!” and later – “Let’s just sit on the floor and eat our noodles.”
All three boys had a great time, in fact Drew told me on the way home that “This was the best day of my life.” Upon their first sight of the Lego sign, Gavin and Sam started hopping and skipping with giant grins on their faces, it made the quick trip totally worth it.
Sam spent every dime he had on 1 Lego fire station set and (this is my favorite part) a Lego mug with his name on it to put his pencils in on his desk. Drew finally decided to purchase a Wii game (which we left in Aunt Michelle’s car, oops) and Gavin bought a Star Wars Lego set and a few Spongebob accessories because every little boy needs to be properly accessorized. Cortney and Maddie made some adorable clothing purchase and Michelle and I got…..salt water taffy. Not that I’m complaining because I LOVE salt water taffy but I was hoping that I would accidentally purchase some super cute shoes or jeans.
Sam and Gavin attempted a very cool and very tall climbing activity that would have made their grandfather sweat, get queasy, and need to sit down. They were very attentive while getting strapped into their harnesses and Sam quietly plotted his route while we waited for their turn. They made it up the first set of stairs and got stuck….they weren’t tall enough to get leverage to move their safety ropes through the tracks and had to wait for another parent to arrive and help them. After climbing one more set of stairs and getting stuck again, they decided to head back to down. And Sam refused to talk about it later with Dad, told me to tell him about it after he fell asleep.
Just before we left the mall, we thought we’d go on one more quick ride. Somehow I got voted to accompany them on the Log Ride…..yea. The line didn’t look very long but the Nickelodeon Universe people are geniuses of trickery because the line curved down into a dark cave so you had no idea how long it was until you were already immersed and the kids were excited. Jerks. 20-25 minutes later, we emerged from the cave and prepared to enter the logs. The kids had decided that Sam would be in front, then Gavin, Drew and Mom and it seemed like a good plan until Gavin remembered that he really hates getting wet. As we traveled, he kept asking if he should put his head down yet or if the water was coming yet. Sam told him that water was coming as we ascended the first big hill so Gavin tried to squeeze both legs and most of his body into the bottom of the log on one side of the seating bench and draped his upper body and head over the seat, almost touching the bottom on the other side. I’m trying to yell at him to sit up but he can’t hear me and it’s difficult to reach him around Drew and the seat back. I’m starting to panic because I’m afraid he’s going to go flying out if he’s not holding on to the bar when we crest the hill and start the downward fall. I eventually get my hands on his shirt and use the loud Mommy yell and get him hauled up, thankfully with just enough time to get him seated and his head buried in Sam’s back before we hurtle down the hill. And the ride isn’t over….are you kidding? More twists and turns with Gavin asking if he should hide his head again and Drew repeating, “See Mom, I’m not scared.” and Sam saying, “Gavin, I think we’re gonna get wet here…no, but maybe here….or here…” Finally we get to what I pray is the last ascent without anyone getting wet, crying, or attempting another turtle impression in the bottom of the log. As we go up, Gavin braces himself with his head almost by Sam’s butt, Sam ducks his head almost below the front of the log and Drew has the whitest knuckles ever. The official picture, which we did not purchase, shows that the front of the log is completely empty, Drew has a wide open, terrified mouth, and I am hiding my head behind his. Nice.
Each of the boys thought they were terribly brave and wanted to go again, despite the fact that Sam declared that he earned a bloody lip on the front of the log (not true) and Gavin got a bit wet (his shoulder did have a few drops) and Drew wasn’t scared at all. We did not go again.
We were all grateful that Bridget was not with us but a little nervous that she would be very pissed about being left out. Unfounded fears because she had the best time with Daddy. She and Daddy picked us up and she talked nonstop for the first 45 minutes. She went shopping at HIIII-VVVEEEEE with Daddy (this is accompanied by chopping hand movement on each syllable and repeated very often), went on a date with Daddy to A&W and Farm & Fleet where she bought herself and Mommy a present. “I not tell you what it is but I bought me and you chocolates and you can have one.” Three babies were born while she was at the farm and she “took off mines mittens and petted them and they soft and I’m going eat them and then theys come out my legs and mine pants and then I have twins and theys gonna sleep wis me in my bed.” After this declaration, I gave Blair a death stare, assuming he had let her witness the actual births but apparently she just made all of this up on her own. He promised that she did not see the delivery and that he did not give her a lesson on the birds and the bees. They had the best time and she was furious at him on Sunday morning for not taking her back out to the farm to feed the cows, “But Dad, I get my umbrella and then I not get wet in the rain and we drive Drew’s favrite tractor and feed the cows theys breakfast. And then if they eats all theys breakfast, they can pick zert (dessert) cuz I can too if I eat all my supper.”
All in all, it was a successful weekend although I have to admit that I’m not super eager to do it again any time soon!