Some of you know, many of you do not, that while Mommy was gone, so was our Monkey. Our "Traveling Monkey." When he finally returned too, it was so good to see him.
When we got home from picking up Mommy, there he was, sitting on our window sill.
Once all the excitement and hugging was over, we had to show him the website that's all about him. Perhaps you'd like to see it too. It's really fun. Go here.
After spending more than an hour at the airport looking for Mommy, we finally found her. We were so excited, she was so excited, it was great.
We gave her the flowers and some great big hugs.
After all the excitement subsided, we got to wait again. This time for her luggage.
When it finally game, we helped her push it to car. She was grateful for the help.
"Are you having a good flight?"
"We're at the airport, we can't wait to see you."
We did go to the airport today to pick up Mommy from her trip. We got there a little early and her plane was delayed, so we found the train that goes to the different parking garages.
We rode the train until we got bored. Then we sat in some pretty comfy chairs and smelled the flowers we bought for Mommy earlier in the day. They smelled nice.
When that got old, we wondered through the terminal, holding her flowers as high as we could to make sure she could see us. We got lots of smiles from other travelers.
We thought long and hard about this. Even though it was above freezing today, it was still cold, and once wet, we'd only feel colder. So you can imagine our hesitation . . .
. . . or lack thereof.
C'mon, they're puddles and they're everywhere. We ran through every one of them . . .
. . . and even ran into each other a couple times.
Don't worry, we were productive. We took Hairy with us. Yes, it's OK to tell Mommy about this.
At dinner tonight, Daddy let us have root beer. He didn't let us each have our own, but he did put the other half in a clean, empty bottle so we could both drink from a bottle.
There was lots of toasting, in both English and German . . .
. . . and not a lot of eating.
Grandma and Bumpa came over for a planting party this afternoon and wow, what an adventure.
We did a really good job getting all the right seeds in the right spots. We planted two different kinds of tomatoes, five different kinds of hot peppers and green onions. We'll plant carrots, broccoli, sugar snap peas, basil, cilantro and nasturtium in the spring. We can't wait.
We also re-potted Anni's plant. It was little root-bound.
We made our own town this morning . . .
. . . in the living room.
The key feature of this town is EVERYTHING is connected by tunnels. You can even drive your cars through the tunnels. We call them "Suped-up Skyways".
We went to Home Depot this morning to get a few things for our planting party this afternoon. We got a little distracted by all the cool lights in the lighting department.
We eventually made it to the gardening section to buy seeds, dirt planters . . .
. . . but then we just got distracted again by the nearby jungle.
. . . we went out to dinner tonight too, and it . . . was . . . awesome.
As soon as we walked in, our waitress brought us a great fruit cup. Then we had a grilled cheese with some amazing fries and milk. Then we our waitress brought us lemonade AND root beer. Then she brought us ice cream Sundays, AND she brought Daddy a flour-less chocolate cake.
Needless to say, we all gave her a great . . . big . . . blurry . . . sugar-induced hug.
After all that, we spent the next 15 minutes running up and down the sidewalk. We needed it.
"Mommy, enjoy your trip."
-- Charley said sincerely.
"Thanks, Charley. That's so nice to say to me."
-- Mommy replied.
"Yes, Mommy, really. Enjoy your trip."
-- Charley repeated.
(What 3-year-old tells you to enjoy something??)
We're not sure how else to explain this. We're getting more and more comfortable with the snow and cold. So much so that we're actually choosing to bury our own faces in it.
Even better than burying our faces, crawling through the tunnel that Mommy built.
Yes, we said that right, our Mommy (she's from Texas in case you forgot) built us a tunnel through the snow in our front yard. And yes, it's more than deep enough for tunnels.
Here's proof. These mounds of snow are more than a foot taller than we are.
On Valentine's Day we went to our first movie theAtre (Charley has chosen to pronounce theatre with extra emphasis on the 'A') to watch a movie . . .
We're not sure why everything is so pink in this photo, probably the abnormal light from the movie screen.
. . . and have lunch from a GIANT bag of popcorn. We had some sandwiches too.
When we first got there, we went to the ticket window and asked for four tickets.
When we were all set, we went into the theAtre. WOW! movie theAtre's are HUGE. We brought our wands too, because it was a Super Why movie (really just two episodes back-to-back).
The first things they showed were the SUPER loud previews. The dragon one was the worst.
Once the previews were over and our movie was on, we couldn't pull our eyes away. It's a good thing the soda was so huge, the bigger target made it easier to drink from it without looking away.
By the time we were about 45 minutes to an hour into it, we couldn't sit still any longer, but we still couldn't take our eyes off that giant screen with our favorite show on it.