We've been home for a week now and after listening to little G wake up every day pining and whining for her best buddy Abby, we finally got our schedules in sync and today were able to connect with Abby, her brother Ethan and their mommy, one of my best new gal pals "Bec".
I've always been on the shy side, especially as a kid, and considered myself very reserved. Ian has always encouraged me to make new friends, and I've found since I've been at home, that there's this whole network that's opened up to me via my children. I'm now a social monster/whore. Well, not so bad, but Abby and Giselle hit it off right away when they were in the same program last September, and through almost weekly playdates Bec and I have also become pretty good friends. Here's a shot of the girls doing the bunny hop on the last day of their spring program.
Bec's doesn't mind the verbal diarrheal onslaught that hits her when we get together after not seeing each other for a while. I call it "catching up" although it's more likely the result of lack of true adult conversation. But she gets it, and she really gets me. It's amazing the connection we've made in a very short time. The fact that the little girls' big brothers also hit it off instantaneously was a bonus.
So today's playdate was a major success. The girls were together for pretty much the whole time (it was a marathon date, from lunch until after 7:30 - summer is totally messing up everyone's routine). Painting, playing in the toy kitchen, playing with play doh, chasing each other, tossing the Backyardigan dolls at each other, bossing each other around. They really only had 2 spats in the whole time. They had so much fun, both ended up in their PJ's and passed out ...
And the boys, well they were playing Lego Star Wars on PS2 for most of the day, with a break for lunch, and a Jedi light sabre battle in the dark basement.
Becs and I were able to have a great visit, a lot of coffee and tea talk, checking in on the kids every so often to see if they were screaming with fun or in pain (luckily it was always the former). Pigging out on pizza, Timbits and popcorn (we save the nutritious stuff for the kids). Looking forward to more fun playdates this summer. We're hoping to pull the Dads into the circle very soon as all indicators are that they'll hit it off too.
(*Best Friends Forever)