This morning my Mom and (new husband) John left. We've had a really fun week with them, but it went by too fast! Fortunately, we were able to have lots of fun AND exploit their generosity quite a bit while they were here, so at least there's that.
For example, on Saturday Doug and I were able to experience something we'd all but forgotten about: Peace and Quiet!
Oh, and a date with free babysitting for a WHOLE DAY!
That's right, Fae and John offered to babysit for us for the day while we visited Block Island: the very last place on our Rhode Island 'to see and do' list. We've been wanting to visit ever since we got here, but we'd never gotten around to it. You should have SEEN how happy Doug was when the offer of babysitting was made and he could contemplate a kid-free day!
So Saturday morning we packed up a big back-pack and set off for the ferry that would deposit us on the island. (Which is 12 miles from shore and takes about an hour to reach.) It was then that Doug discovered something he NEVER would have noticed had kids been in tow. He has some really long leg hairs.
Yep. That's right. As we sat peacefully on the ferry staring at the beautiful scenery and talking to each other about things of no consequence, Doug found an extremely long leg hair sticking off of his knee. He soon realized that MOST of his leg hairs are that long when stretched out!
And to think. Without Faezer and John, it would never have been possible to make such a
Anyway, once on the island we did another thing we've always wanted to do but can't do with kids. We rented a SCOOTER! It was a blast. We scooted all around the whole island, saw both lighthouses in residence, and played on some gorgeous beaches. (Eventually finding the perfect beach to ostensibly read our books, but really to fall asleep upon.) The weather was perfect, the scenery was serene, and the food was fab. We couldn't have asked for a better day.
(Please pardon my glorious pasty white-ness. I don't get out much.)
Meantime, back at the ranch (er, house) Faezerator was finishing up some other slave labor (besides babysitting) foisted upon her by moi. Friday we had started a sewing project which was nearly complete, and by the time we got home, she had finished it. (Pretty freaking amazing considering the boys were in residence.)
So, here's how sewing projects go down around here: I have an idea or inspiration. Sometimes I even start the project and then give up part way through. Next, Fae-bomb and I go to Jo-Ann's and buy too much stuff. Then, I act like I'm going to help and assist but really just supervise and make the occasional suggestion. Finally, Faezer does all the work and creates a thing of beauty.
It's a tried and true formula, and it's always been successful. Even with her new husband along, she still managed to work some sewing magic by doing all my mending, (even the mending I didn't know I had) and creating these awesome monster toys for the boys! (Inspired by this blog post.)
Max's is a Pirate Monster, Sam's is a Sheriff Monster(green tag) who sticks his tongue out at 'scary' monsters, and Gabey's is just plain cute and even has a red heart on it's bum. The boys love them and Sam has been carrying his around non-stop and sleeping with it. (For the record, I did design the patterns, and I cut out some felt, and I made the pirate patch ALL BY MYSELF!)
All in all, it was a wildly successful day. We had a fantastic time visiting Block Island, and the boys were (reportedly) very happy and well behaved at home. Fae and John survived, but may or may not offer to babysit anyone's kids again ever. (Sorry siblings!)
Thanks again Mom and John! It was great seeing you! We hope you'll make it to see us in Japan (or Hawaii)!
And I promise if you do, I'll keep the sewing and babysitting to a minimum!