My husband is in Germany,
Instead, I will spend over 40 dollars in 3 days at indoor playgrounds.
Is it worth it?
My sanity is.
Now, I've been to a few indoor playgrounds in my short time as a Mother but the one I went to today was AWESOME. It had bouncy castles, bouncy slides, some seriously large climbing and play structures with about 5 different slides. Free arcade racing games (not gonna lie...might have dabbled in them), a huge toy house with play pots and food, motorized motorcycles...and bonus....many comfy leather couches to sit my butt on.
Not that I had a chance to do much of that but it made me happy to know the option was there.
When we arrived only a couple of other families were there. My boys immediately set off on their way and I watched with happiness in my heart and a smile on my face.
After about 45 minutes it became a lot busier and I took a moment to people watch.
Cause it's fun.
And it makes me feel better when I see other people's kids acting like mine do on a bad day.
One little boy was clinging to his Mom's leg as she tried to pry him off while not so convincingly convince him to ride on the nearby scooter. Another toddler was literally flat out on the floor screaming to the Gods as her extremely pregnant and very tired looking Mother watched with aloof amusement (confession - I did too. It was funny) Another couple was coming up on the brink of exasperation as their 2 year old ran in and out of rooms that were supposed to be off limits and then there were 2 twin boys who were definitely under 2 basically wandering around on their own, their Mother with a newborn simply too exhausted to chase them up and down (claustrophobia inducing) play structures or go down the (very terrifying) slides with them. Could I blame her??? Hell no! I wanted to hug the poor woman.
|See? I can't breath even looking at this picture.|
I sat and watched and thanked the lucky stars that my kids were being so great.
.....then after about an hour and 45 minutes the cold hand of karma slapped the smugness right outta me.
We took a break, sat down in the eating area and I doled out some snacks of fruit and raisin bread with their sippy cups of water.
Three things happened in the next 7 minutes that almost put my 3 year old over the edge.
1) The table next to us had brought Tim Horton's timbits with them (and damn them - they didn't offer him ANY!)
2) He noticed that there were juice boxes displayed on the counter and he HAD to have one.
3) His brother kept stealing his grapes.
That's when I decided that it was time to go. It was almost lunch time and clearly both my boys were getting tired.
Well, if he was near the edge before he dove right off just then.
I'm talking even worse than the worst tantrum he's had to date.
As the employees of the place watched in undisguised bemusement, Adrian screamed, cried, kicked and refused to put on his rain boots and jacket. I gave up, got Finley and I dressed to leave all the while my son made an absolute spectacle of himself. I did the "Okay, Fin and I are leaving now...good-bye.".
That was a big mistake. If I thought the decibals of his screams couldn't get any louder.
They did then.
After almost 10 minutes of the ridiculous shenanigans he eventually got dressed in his jacket and boots.
As we walked out the door...
...it all began again.
He pounded, yelled and cried that he "want to play MORE!!" at the door of the indoor playground.
As I was holding Finley (who weighs a mere 28 lbs) and it was raining out, I was really beginning to lose my patience. Of-course my truck was parked ACROSS the large lot so I couldn't just leave Adrian, buckle Finley in and come back lest my 3 year old darts in front of a car in a massive case of hysteria and gets squished like a bug.
Although I nearing hysterics as well and wanted to squish him like a bug myself at that very moment.
After 10 more minutes of losing his mind he followed me to the truck and I buckled Finley in.
Buckling him in was a whole other ordeal of him screaming, kicking and squirming. But it got done.
Even still...I had to listen to this:
|I know you can't hear him...but I'm sure you can imagine what it sounded like.|
|Ahhh, my sweet, sweet Fin...I know someday you'll give me |
strife but as of that moment, you were my favourite.
How many more days until my husband is home?
Oh that's right, he just left YESTERDAY.
Pass the wine please.
Pass the wine please.