Because Bart is getting into the busy season of the year, our weekends together are increasingly precious, so we’re really making a concerted effort to do some fun family things together on Saturdays.
I won’t lie – getting out of the house with two small children is significantly more complicated than it was with one toddler. Multiple diaper sizes, clothing changes (something that had been a thing of the past for a while with Ella), and burp clothes, nursing covers, baby carriers mean we don’t travel quite as lightly as we used to.
As we were loading up the car last Saturday morning, our neighbor asked where we were going. I’m sure he thought we were embarking on a cross-country trip.
Still, we managed to be out of the house, completely showered and dressed, with both of the adults having gone for morning runs separately beforehand (although mine was more of a “hey, look at me running again after having a bab. . .oh, I have no endurance at all. Have I gone a block? Nope, not yet” than a run), by 10:30 a.m.
Our destination was the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, which we’ve never gone to before, but is free for all of January (probably for the very good reason that January is not really prime time for wildflowers).
Despite the fact that it was a LONG drive and that it was a bit barren, we had a lovely time. After two (whole!) weeks of cold, wintery weather (er, you know, wintery by Texas standards, so 40 degree days), a sunny day was the perfect time to be outside.
We didn’t stay all that long (nap time called), but we enjoyed the lovely weather and the gorgeous buildings. Although, in the spirit of full disclosure, Bart did say as we left, “I can’t believe anyone would pay $9 a person to visit this.”
And then we finished up by stopping by Whole Foods downtown where one of the guys running a sample table, pointed at Ani, who I was carrying in a wrap, and asked, “Is that your little brother?” I was so shocked, I could barely manage to inform him it was, in fact, my CHILD, let alone that it was actually a girl.
We came home and recovered from our strenuous morning by all taking naps (miraculous, really, to get four of us to all nap at the same time for more than ten minutes).
And built up our strength again by having burgers for dinner. And in our family, any weekend that includes burgers is a monumental success.