Today was a busy day.
We hustled out the door at 8 a.m. for what I thought was an 8:30 dentist appointment. Turns out it was a 10 a.m. appt. Ack. So we played outside the office for half an hour, then went inside and played in the waiting room for another hour. Luckily, they have an excellent play area. DD (4) went first to show her little brother how it's done. Two more cavities, and this time we're getting sealants put on her molars. (She has a genetic enamel defect. This means lots of cavities, no matter what we do.) She rocked it like a rock star and DS (2.75) went next. He also rocked it like a rock star, which was a huge relief, since last time we tried for a quick exam, there was screaming, hitting, kicking, and biting, all within 30 seconds of starting. So we quit the attempt rather than trying to force him, but I was worried about leaving his teeth too long, because of the potential genetic defect. This time he felt comfy, having just seen his sister do it. And no cavities. He's got my teeth. Thank god.
The kids decided sushi would be a good reward, so we had lunch (and dessert) at a nice sushi restaurant, then headed over to Barnes and Noble because DD has decided she's just flat out done with waiting and she wants to know how to read NOW. She wants to sit down every day for a little bit and figure this out. I picked up a couple workbooks with good phonics games in them, a couple sticker books to reinforce DS's speech therapy exercises, and the kids each picked out a storybook. We read stories for a bit and checked out some cool recycled art made by a Fair Trade women's cooperative in the Phillippines that the store had for sale. Then we drove over one town to drop off DH's old mountain bike for our occasional babysitter (the son of a friend) and the kids took a car nap on the way home.
Since the kids had said they didn't want to go home yet, I ran inside to feed the cat his squishy food and then drove over to Wadsworth Falls State Park, where we try to meet up with a couple other families every week for a playdate. I drank my coffee and read a book while the kids dug in the sand and stomped around and had fun, then we dug out our dancing ribbons and kites from the trunk and played with the wind.
Now I'm home for a quick dinner before heading out to the library solo for a bit and DH took the kids to the playground at the end of our street since they STILL didn't want to be home yet. Oy. I hope they sleep well tonight.