The day was well spent. The rain came down all morning, prompting wool socks and striped knit jackets for our adventures out of the house. Cousin Braxton was sleeping on our couch at eight o'clock this morning when Kade started howling from his crib only a few yards away. It's fun to watch these boys play together. Braxton, in all his eight-year-old wisdom walked Kade around the house describing objects to him and exclaiming, "He almost said my name! He said BA!" I tried to make Braxton breakfast, but we have wheat bread and brown eggs. He made a face. Why are your eggs brown? I'll admit, if I were eight years old I wouldn't eat brown eggs. Yuck. We packed up the car and drove to grandmas, I turned down the radio and listened to the boys babble back and forth in the back seat. The symphony of the rain on the windshield and the coos and giggles from the backseat was insurmountable to any other sound.
This afternoon, after a well-needed nap on Kades part, we ventured out of the house again. This time, stripped of our wool and knits as the sky began to clear and the temperature rose quickly. We went to visit my aunt Tami in the hospital. Kade has a knack for putting a smile on peoples faces but it didn't take long for him to get squirmy and bored. He is a toddler now, after all. Back in the car we went, stripping yet another layer (Kades sweats) before buckling in.
One of my favorite places in the world is Barnes and Noble. If you buy a book at a store like WalMart or Target, you are going to be disappointed in comparison. If you were to sit on the floor of Walmart and leaf through a book- on the off-chance that you even find one you're interested in- all you're going to get is uncomfortable and stared at. But at Barnes and Noble, you can sit for hours; and there are plenty of others sitting with you. We started with the children's section. We looked at picture books, giggled at pop-up books and played with the Thomas the Train table. I bought Kade flash cards, Baby's First Words on sale for 7.99. Once we had our fill of colorful pictures and soft pages, we wandered over to the quilting books. I could sit here for hours, leafing through the pages and filling my head with ideas. Someday... After paying for our flash cards we went to the Starbucks, conveniently located in the store. Does Walmart have that? No. Kade was getting restless strapped into the stroller so I ordered a mocha frap and a giant chocolate chip cookie and plopped him right on top of the table. I do this all the time, he sits still and is very quiet in public. A woman from another table looked over and told me, "That table isn't clean, and plus he'll probably fall." Smile. Be a good example to Kade. I didn't say anything to her. As Kade shoved the first giant piece of chocolate chunk in his mouth, he gasped and started wiggling with excitement. The woman raised an eyebrow at me and left.
My baby is happy. He's in his crib, chocolate smudges dried to his face while he sleeps. It was a wonderful, rainy summers day and I refuse to let cranky women at Starbucks get me down.
Now, to start a new quilting project.