Thursday, June 2, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend Part III

The final chapter...I promise.

Before heading back home on Monday, we made a quick stop by my Grandma's house so that she could meet Olivia and see the kids.  We hadn't seen her in a while, so even though it was a pretty short visit, we were happy for the opportunity to catch up.




On the way back home, we made a special stop at Ella's Deli in Madison for lunch.  The kids had never been to Ella's Deli before, which is basically an ice cream shop/burger joint decked out with all kinds of toys (seriously, even the table we ate at was a magnetic game) and even a carousel out front, and they were definitely not disappointed. 
 (I'm not quite sure what happened with my camera for the following pictures, but they turned out black and white.  I couldn't not include them because Zach is riding on a WI Badger carousel horse!).

Olivia was so distracted by all the toys and puppets and moving things to look at that she could barely eat her own lunch.
Can we say "over stimulation?"

Anyway, after our lunch, complete with ice cream cones, we got back in the car and headed home.  Not surprisingly, after four days of travel, the kids were D.O.N.E. 

Allie had her biggest melt down in recent history, lasting well over an hour and resulting in her complete surrender to sleep (finally).  Zach was actually pretty good, but he had his hour long meltdown the evening before, so maybe it was out of his system.  Actually, come to think of it, Olivia was the only happy one on the way back!  FYI...by the time your child turns 5, if you and your husband laugh hysterically at her while she is in hysterics, it will only make her madder, but unfortunately it will only make you and your husband laugh harder.  And, when you are finally able to calm her down enough to ask what in the world is the matter, be prepared to laugh even harder when she responds:  "I...JUST...NEED....YOU....TO....SAY...YES!"

We had a great weekend, but everyone is definitely glad to be home!

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