I changed my mind several times about what we were going to do today. Between another jam-packed weekend and our Hallowe'en adventures yesterday, the LP had had 3 late nights and were up to high doh (thank you, Maeve Binchy, for introducing me to that expression back when I had time to read your books) today. They had a half-day at daycare today and LP1 was so tired she fell asleep on the short drive back. LP2 was beyond tired and elected to skip his nap this afternoon. LP1 is still getting over her cold and alternates between wanting to be snuggled and ripping around the house. LP2 just wants to get into absolutely everything, from pulling everything out of the kitchen cupboards to climbing up the stairs as fast as he can. My initial instinct was to have a quiet afternoon indoors to allow them to rest and regroup. But as the sun beamed out from behind a cloud and it warmed up, I started rethinking that plan. Grandpa always says that being outside "knocks the starch out of you" and is the best way to tire children out. Of course, when we were kids he did always say that "best thing for you is some fresh air" when we were sick and I do remember Auntie K dutifully going outside once when she was sick and throwing up beside a tree. I just sprayed water everywhere, roaring with laughter at that memory. But Auntie K did recover, so possibly he was onto something there.
But throwing up on trees is not the point of this post. The point I am taking forever to get to is that I decided to change the plan from being quiet and inside to getting everyone outside. But beyond that, there was no plan. And that is what was stressing me out. What were we going to do? Fortunately, trying to get coats and shoes on the LP and get everyone out the door prevented me from developing an ulcer over my lack of direction. I put the LP in the ninky nonk and we set off. Where? I had no idea. I just knew that we needed to keep moving forward before someone started to cry.
As we were heading down the street, LP1 started pointing out things she thought were interesting. I had a sudden attack of inspiration. I told her that I would take pictures of things she liked on our walk. I would later come to regret this, but LP1 was immediately on board with this plan and lost no time in directing me to take pictures.