Okay, so we had WAY TOO MUCH FUN on Saturday!
Liam's dentist put on a patient appreciation party at Classic Skate Fun Center. I called the office earlier in the week to see if Liam could bring a friend. They said yes. So I put the idea into a couple friend's mom's minds and they both ended up saying yes. So we took two friends (Cristian and Ethan) which was awesome for Liam, but once we got there and saw the massive amounts of people, I started to freak out in my head a little. I immediately talked to the boys about staying together and only doing one activity at a time as a group.
We had voted in the car before we arrived that we were going to scooter and skate first, bounce houses second, jungle maze thirds, and blast zone last.
Those boys were so cute on their scooters. I loved roller skating and chasing them around with the camera. Liam was grooving to the music and in his own little world. The other two boys were ready to move on to the next thing within 30 minutes... but I told them they had to get Liam on board (chase him down) to go to the next activity. They chased him a long time and it was so loud in there Liam thought it was a game. It was pretty funny. I ate it up because I was having so much skating and grooving myself.
Next was the inflatable bounce houses, slides and obstacle courses. I had to turn on my robot laser eyes to keep track of all three of them in the crowd. Luckily they listened well and stayed together in one toy and then would move as a group to the next thing. So grateful for a good trio of boys that cared enough to never run ahead to the next thing without his friends.
The boys were getting pretty sweaty so we took sweaters off and they moved on to the jungle maze. That thing was massive. I asked another parent AFTER the kids went in if this was the entrance and the only exit. They confirmed it was. Big deep breath. After awhile Liam came out by himself. I told him to go find his friends. A moment later all three of them emerged. Big deep breath.
The blast zone only had one entrance too. So I let them play on their own in there for about 15 minutes and then went and faced the foam ball shooting range to find them all. They were even sweatier, but having so much fun! They played a little longer and then wanted to go back to scootering.
We weren't able to get scooters so Cristian and Liam tried skates. Big fat joke. I must have looked like a fool out on the rink with two heavy footed monkeys tumbling along as I held their arms. I got beat up enough with their skates that I gave up after 5 minutes... Liam attempted crawling on his knees on the rink... the gig was up.
Blue slurpies for all! Color of choice balloons for all! Everyone loaded into the car. Big deep breath.
When we got home Liam got out of the car and then immediately started going on about his balloon and then tears followed. Then I saw it. His orange balloon apparently removed itself from his arm on the ride home. It was on it's way to visit the sun and Liam was heartbroken.
We went over to Cristian's house to return his car seat and Haydee saw how upset my boy was. She whispered sweetly to Liam that he could take Cristian's blue balloon and she would buy him another one later. Cheer restored! (Cristian was in the other room and had no idea.)
Fast forward to our ride to my friend Jessica's house that same day. Liam takes a cat nap in the car, but when he wakes I am on the phone with Grandma Dixie. He wanted to talk to her and I handed the phone over. She got an earful of Liam's fun morning and I don't think any detail was missed. He also told her the story about his orange balloon going to visit the sun. His tone was very sad. They talked about a few other things then the conversation was over.
We helped my sweet friend Jessica at her house all afternoon then headed home around 4:30.
Around 7pm Uncle Drew came over for a movie night. Hidden behind his back was a little something for Liam.
Wouldn't you know it, he found an orange balloon floating in his yard an hour South of here? Amazing how it traveled to the right place for Uncle Drew to return it to Liam!!! I had a tear in my eye over the extent Grandma Dixie goes to make some magic happen and cheer up her grandson all the way from Minnesota. (We love you! Thank you!)
And so, that ends our Saturday. We watched The Tourist with Drew then slept like babies that night.