I am not the only one with a little extra gray!
Reiggin's dog, Sadie.
Birthday cake, tacos, and monkeys is what my weekend consisted of. I know that creates a lovely image in all your heads. Let me explain a little further. Saturday, Reiggin was so kind as to let me sleep in since it was my birthday. I slept til about 10:00am and then a small child woke me help with a big smile and a birthday card in hand. It was super sweet, even if she did eat all the pancakes that Reiggin made for breakfast.
We lounged around the house for most of the morning. After Virginia's nap, we got our showers and headed up to Statesville to see Reiggin's parents. His mom offered to babysit while we went up to Hickory to do a little shopping and drop off some clothes at the Once Upon a Child shop. To my surprise, Renee had made me a birthday cake and I got two beautiful Christmas ornaments and some cash to go shopping. So with birthday money from my Mom and Renee, I was one happy girl.
Once we got up to Hickory, we made our first stop at Once Upon a Child. The store was packed out. We only had one clothes basket full of clothes. Usually they are pretty quick about checking items and telling you your quote. Not today; we walked around for about 30 minutes and picked up a few items for Virginia. I was happy to score some 50 cent books for Virginia. Then we went to check if our clothes had been checked. The lady told us they had been checked and just had to be entered into the computer and that would take another 30 minutes. I wasn't too happy by this point, but decided to go over to Toys 'R Us and kill time. So we spent 30 minutes over there and then went back to the store just to be told it would be another 30 minutes. I think steam was blowing out of Reiggin's ears by this point. We headed out again to Chick-fil-A for some lunch. It is so nice to enjoy a meal without Virginia. I love the girl but lately she has not been the best meal buddy.
After finally getting the money from the consignment shop, we headed to Michael's for me to spend some of my birthday money. I decided to buy a How to Crochet book and some yarn. My goal is to eventually do a blanket for Virginia. Hopefully I can get it finished before she is grown and has kids of her own.
We hit the road back to Reiggin's parents house for some yummy tacos. Oh, and Renee made some mac and cheese for Virginia. So I got tacos and mac n cheese, two of my favorite foods. After stuffing myself and still saving room for dessert, we all crashed around the TV and just relaxed. One super cute moment at the Hilderbrands' was when Virginia dragged Reiggin's dad into the other room and got him to sit down and watch Wonder Pets with her. I walked in and saw them both just chilling on the couch watching her cartoon.
My birthday was great and I had tons of fun getting out of the house. I had planned for Sunday to just be a relaxing day and not really do anything but I got a wild hare and decided to take Virginia to Monkey Joe's. Don't ask me what I was thinking. This is another example of my high expectations for a childhood moment with Virginia coming up short. We got there and got our socks on and headed out to explore. Virginia was super pumped and excited to see all the blow ups and kids. Just not so excited to actually get in the blow up slides and play. I did manage to get her to go down a few slides, but I don't believe she liked how it felt to walk on the blow ups. Some of the big slides that I was crazy enough to try to climb in with her and climb to the top were like climbing Mt. Everest. I thought I was going to die by the time we got to the top. Virginia enjoyed walking around the whole play area and really enjoyed the small arcade area the most. So after about an hour and a half we decided to pack it in.
We ended our night with going out to eat with our good friends Donnie and Meredith at this Mexican place near Concord Mills. The food was amazing but the two year old dinner partner was not as enjoyable. Luckily, we were out on the porch area and there were only two other tables out there with us. She started off great and was behaving for the most part. Then she decided she would rather walk around the porch and check out what was going on. From that point, everything went down hill. I was trying not to be that parent that lets their child run all over the place but it wasn't looking good. Finally, after I ate and the check hit the table, I took her outside and waited there for Reiggin to pay and get out. I believe we will be just enjoying short lunches with Virginia from now on.
So my weekend was packed with lot of fun and my week ahead looks like it is going to be just as busy. Other then having a sore back and a few extra gray hairs, my first few days of being 28 are looking good.