Thursday, October 9, 2008
Yom Kippur and Retail Therapy
Today was Yom Kippur and the children had the day off from school. It has been a LONG WEEK. P being sick has meant that we have been either in the house or at medical offices since last Saturday. P is finally better and the day was beautiful. Unfortunately, I woke up with the cold/virus that Patrick had been fighting all week. Whatever...my being sick doesn't make much difference to the kids. They all wanted to do something different. P wanted to go to the playground. K wanted to go to the Aquarium but would agree to a Zoo trip. C REALLY WANTED to make Halloween cookies. We told him that we had been in all week and really wanted to go out. C responded that he'd been OUT all week and really wanted to stay home.
We collectively decided to make the cookies, go to the zoo, have a picnic and then come back and frost the cookies. Yay! A consensus.
They had a great time rolling out the cookies and cutting them into ghosts, witches, pumpkins and cats. I made a quick half picnic and we agreed to buy some bagels on the way. We stopped off at the Lefferts Historic House and M rolled around on the carpet there (see photo). C, P and K all had a great time too. The weather was beautiful but being kinda sick definitely added to the usual difficulty of herding the crew around.
We were all exhausted when we got home. We did homework, took naps, cleaned up, frosted cookies, cleaned up some more and Mark came home early.
I was excited to go to Manhattan to "check-in" early for the "Light the Night" walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Well..I wasn't really excited for the "check-in" but for the chance to escape and be ALONE. Riding the subway ALONE, walking down the street ALONE, shopping at Target (on the way home) ALONE.
Target was shockingly crowded! I have never seen it like that but I was assured by the other customers that it was normal for a weekday evening. I got some baby food, socks, wipes and candy corn and returned home tired, still sick but more relaxed.