Monday- We went to our favorite fabric store in Anaheim I haven't been since before Christmas and they all love the kids, so there were a lot of comments about how much they've grown. The store is M&L Discount Fabric and there aren't any Americans that work there, mostly from Eastern Europe and the Middle East, I think. They have a reputation for being mean to customers, I've heard several comments while shopping and I've read some negative reviews about customer service. But the fabric is worth it! The only time I get a smile from any of them is when I have my kids with me. They love Addie. (Or as they call her: Al-ee-sone.) One lady really likes me though, because I happened to be there the day her dad was put on hospice, and for some reason she just started crying to me about it in broken english. I felt so sad for her, and as we were leaving, Garrett, unprompted, blew her a kiss. She cried more and said she'll always remember that and that it meant so much to her. Her dad since passed away. She's always nice to me. My mom had specific stuff she needed and I just bought random stuff to add to my collection.
This was his favorite ride. He had all the other parents entertained with his happy, "HI!!" he'd yell every time he spun toward us.
Thursday- We headed out on the city bus. Garrett has wanted to ride a bus for a while. I've told him we could go when Mimi was here, and a couple days before she got here, I'd here him in his room before/after naps chanting, "A Mimi, a bus, a YEAH! A Mimi, a bus, a YEAH!" We rode just a couple of miles to the Whitwood mall. We played in the fountains, did a little shopping, and had a little 'mom-fail incident'. We borrowed a Target cart to go to the back of the large Target parking lot so we could get lunch at Panda Express. Our Target has the fancy carts that lock at a certain point so they don't get taken too far from the store. In my defense, I had not made it to the yellow lock lines yet. Addie was in the seat, riding correctly. Garrett was standing in the front, riding 'king-of-the-world' style. We were cruising along when suddenly the wheels locked up. It came as a surprise to all of us, but mostly Garrett. Kid went all olympic gymnast on me and did a front flip, straight up in the air, stayed as flat as a board, not bending a single joint, and landed flat on his back on the asphalt. My mom had run ahead to check the bus schedule, but she heard my scream and then his cry. He only cried for a minute before he started screaming 'NOODLES!!" We were almost to Panda and the kid loves him some chow mein. I think he was just making sure that his fall didn't change our plans. During lunch he pulled his shoe off and asked my mom to kiss his ankle. She notices a small piece of skin scratched off, but that appeared to be the only injury. After lunch we went back to Target to buy cool band aids and he's been fine. Those 'how to ride properly' signs on the carts are no joke.