What a full week we’ve been having. Since Saturday, we’ve been to a puppet show, made pipe-cleaner and pasta animals, had a nervous breakdown and been to the zoo!
The puppet show, called “The Dinosaur in the Closet,” was cute. If you ever have the chance to go to Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts, take it. They do shows for kids and adults. It’s a far cry from the days of a painted cardboard box and some socks with eyes. That’s for sure. They have a nice museum and workshops, too.
The pipe-cleaner and pasta animals got us ready for going to the zoo. Eleanor didn’t make one. That day, she was in time-out more than she was in playgroup. It was a day of super negativism for her, and it really got on my last nerve. As for the breakdown, let’s sum it up by saying that I had a battle of wills with Eleanor, it took three hours, and I lost. This is one strong willed two-year-old. Stubborn to the last. (I have NO idea where this stubborn streak comes from… Really… No clue… So, quit asking me.)
The Zoo… Ahhh… what a nice experience. It’s a great day when you can get a large group of toddlers to all fall in line, behave themselves beautifully and not get eaten by lions. I love seeing the world through their eyes. They loved the pandas, and worried about the lizards (‘Scary!’). The lions bored them (lazy beasts – wake up!) and the monkeys were no where to be seen. It was too cold for monkeys, apes, and several other mammals. We were chilled at first, too, but the day warmed up for us somewhere between the pandas and zebras.
I will say I am exhausted. I love making these types of events and outings happen, but it is a lot of work. I need a nap, and a shower, and some adult conversation. The absence of these, I think, will land me in a “naturalistic” habitat from which I can’t escape without bribing a zookeeper.