Yesterday we went to the Zoo at 10:00 am while the animals are still active. Kate brought along her 11 year old neighbor girl who has become a "mother's helper." Jesse opted to stay home for a day of very quiet time ...
We spent about three hours and had a really fun time. Complete with lunch and Dippin Dots (outrageously expensive tiny balls of ice cream) which I thought would be fun for the 3 year old yet really pleased them ALL.
After all that walking (yes, I took Alleve and Tylenol to keep the knees from being too big of an issue), we came back and enjoyed the pool for quite a while, then Braeden, Deacon and Mom took a nap while KJ and I had "races" in the pool.
Wow. Did I sleep great last night!
I'm so much busier in Oregon, even if it were all just family stuff. Honestly, I could see them every day for some reason (but I hold myself back to once a week or so)(and bribe them with a meal!). When you add in my condo neighborhood (mostly retired folks), 30+ years of friendships, more retail therapy, my doctors/dentist, and the ability to take a road trip mini-vacation ... Oregon sure wins my heart.
But based on the two cool rainy days last week, I'm sure glad I will miss out on five months of that! I could hardly make myself go out and I surely did not take a walk! Most likely, I would hole up with the fireplace going. With my bestest friend, my laptop.
Can't wait to see what Maui brings this year!