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A Milestone

We are spending Memorial Day traditionally. Well, our family's tradition. For the third year in a row, Brendan is spending 10 to 12 hours a day twisting balloons for the thousands of kids who come to the Heber Valley Railroad to ride on Thomas the Train Engine. That leaves me and the kids at home. Fun, I know. Yesterday was the one day he was able to leave the car with us. So, I made a goal. I was going to go someplace. Just me with all three kids. For the first time. A very scary thought. I planned something small- the library or the grocery store. Some quick errand just to prove to myself that I could handle all three kids in public alone.

That's not quite what happened. Anna wanted to go to work with daddy. After some consideration and convincing- I found myself with all three kids loaded up in the car heading 45 minutes or so away to say hi to Brendan and a cartoon train. Just a little more than I bargained for when I was setting my goal. I'm glad we went, though.
Handling all three kids on my own was definately not my idea of fun but it was doable. There was one casuality, though. Sometime while dealing with Anna whining that she wanted to see the magic show and Ellery trying to climb out of the stroller because she wanted me to hold her even though Samuel was in the baby carrier strapped to my chest- my camera fell off the stroller and hit the ground. The camera itself is fine but the lens is broken. It seems to still be semi-usable. It just won't zoom all the way out. The autofocus still works- but it seems slower. So, more of an inconvience than a trajedy.


Jennifer said…
If it makes you feel better, Zoe is 2, almost 2 1/2, and I've JUST mastered the art of taking all three kids somewhere. Well, "mastered" might be a bit optimistic. But I don't dread it at least. I don't volunteer, but I don't dread it =) Sorry about your camera... I would be devastated.
balloongal said…
Oh, so that's when it happened. Oh dear. Great picture of Brendan, though.
You are an amazing woman. Taking all three kids to Thomas. Wow.

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