Friday, July 29, 2011

Day 38 Roller Coaster Ride

Oh, I’m so incredibly thankful that my husband had the day off today! I needed a partner today. Well, wanted a partner is more like it and it was great having him around. 

We didn’t have any plans really, but I was able to steal an hour or so to have lunch with a friend that left me with a full, happy belly and a more pleasant mind frame, therefore a happy mama. If mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. I'm not sure where that quote originated, but it sure rings true around here! 

Afterwards, the family decided to head out for the day and see what we could find at the store. That short trip led us to another longer trip to a mall we’ve never visited in a town we’d never been through. The little backseat hooligans were at it again. Bicker, taunt, get along briefly, bicker, taunt, get along briefly, and so on for the couple of hours of driving around. And to be honest with you, I’m not sure what was more annoying... constantly dealing with the bickering or me repeating the same things over and over. Talk nicely please. Be patient please. Talk nicely! Be patient! Talk NICELY! Be PATIENT! TALK NICELY!! BE PATIENT!! Seriously, I’ve had ENOUGH! Just stop talking to each other! It was a quieter ride home at least. Even with the car ride having its ups and downs, we had a great time. It was fun checking out a new place and seeing cute little villages we’d never explored before. But speaking of ups and downs, my big smile came later...

My son received a Kynex roller coaster kit for his birthday back in January. He started putting it together around February, but didn’t get far. Hey, he’s a LEGO kid usually, and this is a huge kit with some tough pieces to put together. Wednesday, he had it out again, spread out over my living room floor. He decided to start over and worked on it for about four hours straight. He continued to work on it Thursday during a little spare time here and there and then spent a couple of hours finishing it up tonight. Whenever he encountered a dilemma, he figured it out. When pieces weren’t quite laying right, he did some tweaking. He was so proud of himself and I was thrilled to see him accomplish a task that I think intimidated him. I was also surprised that he kept with the design given to him. He has no problem following the instructions to put projects together, but he just prefers coming up with his own inventions. I was happy to see him stick to the directions (ah, a male that reads directions... makes you wonder at what age do that grow of that?). I have a feeling he’ll be creating something else with these parts before you know it, so of course I took pictures before coaster was dismantled into some sort of battery powered robo vehicle.
For now, I’ll enjoy all my little roller coasters. Whether they’re trips filled with highs and lows or smaller scaled mechanicals taking over my living quarters, I’m appreciative of them all. 

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