The girls and I hit suburban shopping heaven on Earth (aka Target) yesterday with cold hard birthday cash. Sixteen dollars and thirty-three cents later we were the proud owners of a blueberry scented doll and yet one more confounded My Little Pony. Oh well. Anything to avoid the Bratz sensation.
We headed to my mom’s for a Sunday afternoon visit. When we left it was well after 3:30 and Miss A was deliriously loopy from lack of napping. She fell asleep, not surprisingly, after I’d been driving for just a few minutes. Then things got really quiet and I could see in the rearview mirror that Miss C was snoozing right along side her. Eureka! Score one for mama. I actually considered just driving around for a while and enjoying the glorious silence.
We pulled in the driveway and my neighbor’s 6-year-old was perched on her playset ready to greet the girls with her sing-song voice but I motioned for her to be quiet. She probably picked up on my crazy neighbor mom desperate to keep her kids asleep during a rare dual afternoon nap vibe. I carried Miss A to the couch where she continued napping, but Miss C woke up the second I opened the back gate and she made a bee line to our swing set. I went inside to check on Amelia and then could hear Miss C yelling over and over, quite obnoxiously, “Mommy swing me, mommy swing me, mommy SWINGGGGGG MEEEEEEEEE!”
It dawned on me that my other next door neighbors were having an open house and that our swing set is in the corner of our backyard closest to theirs and I had seen people milling about their yard. I opened the window and shushed Miss C.
Hopefully she didn’t discourage any potential home buyers. Of course, they haven’t heard anything until they’ve been subject to Bailey’s ability to bark nonstop at a stick for thirty minutes.
Any way, if you need a 5-year-old girl with a voice that just won’t quit or a dog with a bark so annoying it will drive you to drink, let me know.
p.s. Dawn, either Miss C or Bailey are available to come over the next time your neighbor fires up the drum set in his back yard and you want to retaliate.