Sneaky. That’s my mom. I knew something was up when Mom put Evan and me in the car early one morning. E and I watched videos, sang, slept and ate. Then we stopped at a gas station. Both of us had a diaper change and then oh, my, what a surprise! Grandma Pam and Grandpa Al were there. We got to play in some rocks and run on the cement. Evan tried to get away, but Grandma was faster. Then we were put back in the car. There were good byes but wait--that’s not Mom driving my car. Grandpa was driving my car!! My car; but no Mom. Sneaky.After a long ride we stopped at this building and boy did we run. Someone said, “Say hi to Aunt Laurie.” I really didn’t care because there were long hallways and offices and many places to hide. Some of Laurie’s co-workers are important people, but I didn’t care because they had books and balls and fun things in their offices.
After an additional two-hour ride we were finally in a house that looked familiar and some toys I saw before. After pizza, a bath, a few stories we were in bed. I woke at 5:30am just to have grandma to myself and it worked.
Then the car was packed again and we were off to Grandma Linda’s. I sure wish these people could make up their minds. I heard something about Grandma Pam going to Steamboat Springs with Laurie. At least I get to keep my car.
On Monday, Grandma Pam picked us up. That night Ethan from Illinois too was next door and came over to play. I was more interested in the riding lawn mower the guy in another house was using, and Evan wanted to climb the steps of the people behind Grandma. Yes, we did fight over the car just like we do at Miss Lauren’s.
Tuesday we finally got to go to the farm. Grandpa made a farm for us in the basement, but this was the real one with cows, tractors, cats and dogs. I was glad Mom sent farm clothes and boots because I discovered how much fun a fresh cow pie can be! It’s really just like mud. We got to drive the 4-wheeler, see the cows, the bulls, and drive the tractor.
On Wednesday, Grandma and Grandpa went to a funeral and Heidi and Kerry came to stay with us. They were fun!! It was chilly, but we went to the zoo after our naps. They sure have a lot of quack quacks there. We really liked the chickens. There was a merry go round at the zoo that was so fun, and we even held on all by our selves. Later that afternoon Kerry’s daughter Abby came to play. She had painted toenails and liked playing in our tent.
Reinforcements showed up on Thursday. Aunt Laurie let us do stuff I don’t think Grandma was always happy about. She also gave us vanilla wafers for snacks. I like her. One day she was in charge, and she let us play in the garage. Yes, mouse traps are toys! She bought us this Strider bike, but I would rather ride on the trike or the car. I know I will use the strider at my house.
We went to the farm again--a bit warmer than the last time. Boy I like that tractor! I threw a fit when Evan was driving---so Grandpa gave me a second ride and I got to go with him and move some hay. I think Dad needs one of these in Illinois. We also got to feed the bulls and the cats. I like all the stuff at the farm and hope someday Grandpa will let me drive the tractor myself.
When Grandpa was home--we would go to the basement door and whine. Worked every time. I like the big barn and fence in the basement. Sometimes I would just sit in the fence. Sometimes I moved all the tractors to the tent. We could jump off the couch and always Grandpa would catch us. On rainy days, we went to the mall that had a new play area. We were the only ones there, even though Evan ran to the jewelry store, it was fun.
Wait---another early morning--car is packed and we are strapped in. Here we go---we are still in our car. I don’t like car rides, but Grandma sings with us--so it is not so bad. Another McDonalds. I really got Grandma - she changed me, put me down and I went to the corner of the bathroom--you guessed it--I stooped and grunted. Now Grandma was talking about it raining outside and needing to get a new diaper---I just laughed.
After a long, too long of a car ride we started slowing down. We drove into a garage. Hey, I know this place; I wonder if Mom and Dad are here---yup there she is!!! And around the corner, there is Dad and all of my toys. It is a good feeling to be back to ‘Normal’!
A Big thank you and 'Happy Birthday' to guest writer: My mom, "Grandma Pam!"