I took Milly to school this morning then picked her up later. I made sure to take the Lightning McQueen tent we picked up from Charles and Deanna so I could hand it off to the Warkentiens. I let Milly give it to Eli when I picked her up. He was pretty excited about it.
Karen called this afternoon and asked about taking Milly to see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. She was in town anyway. After she called I told Milly someone was going to surprise her. We went outside to wait and rode our bikes together for a bit. Milly went down the hill (slope, really) of the cul-de-sac at the end of the street and biked all the way back up. I was proud of her.
Here’s an exchange Karen posted on Facebook that happened while they were out:
As a surprise, I took my granddaughter to see a movie. During the movie she whispered to me, “Nana I have a surprise for you after the movie”.
After the movie…
Milly: Are you ready for your surprise?
Me: Yes, what is it?
Milly: We get to go to Brilliant Sky, so you can buy me a little toy.
While it’s funny, Amanda and I have got to rein in Milly’s expectations a bit. She’s always wanting a surprise, it seems, and the surprise almost always has to be a toy or she gets disappointed or upset. And it’s not that we haven’t been trying to teach her gratitude or anything.
Not a whole lot else went on today. I decided to use the MacBook to work a little while hanging out in the living room. It was a compromise of sorts that allowed me to be in the room with Amanda and Milly while still getting a little more work done.