Saturday we traveled a great distance to party with Zane, Whit and some of our other blog friends.
LA Daddy entertained TheMonk by giving him a nickel for a wooden train he was carrying around and then pulling a quarter out of his ear. I pocketed the thirty cents (that was 10% of a gallon of gas!) and, upon arriving at home late Saturday night, placed it on a table along with five tootsie rolls that somehow made it into my pocket. TheMonk, upon waking up the next morning, saw the quarter on the table as we made our way to breakfast and knew where it came from. “The man took that coin from my ear. That’s silly.” he told me.
Other highlights came from watching TheMonk and Ronen negotiate who gets to play with the wooden train (the same train TheMonk sold to LA Daddy for a nickle some time later). Ronen drove a hard bargain but eventually settled for a San Francisco cable car while TheMonk got to keep the coveted wooden train. (Although I think TheMonk may have thrown in his sister to sweeten the deal.)
The kids had a blast. Swee’Pea was in dog heaven and ate her weight in jelly sandwiches. TheMonk made the rounds of toys, climbing structures and sand boxes but fell in love with the trampoline. For a kid who has trouble staying on his feet on level ground, he did pretty well bouncing around.
Best of all, the kids traveled well. We hit traffic through L.A. (an accident – stupid L.A. drivers) so our trip took us about 4 hours to get home but it was worth it. We got to hang out with parents and kids and new-found friends and the kids got to shovel anything that resembled food into their mouths for an entire day. A win-win all the way around.
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