Last week we observed "fall" break. For the record, this break technically began during summer which is why I'm using quotes.
Yom Kippur and our trip to NJ chewed up two days of it. On Thursday, I took the boys up to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens in Gainesville (GA) to check out the new Lego exhibit.
It was an hour drive and well worth the trip for you locals looking for something different to do with your little people.
A few interesting things to note during our visit to the gardens:
The gardens set up Lego building stations out in the garden. I was able to relax on a bench, watch my kids go nuts on some Legos, and enjoy the serenity of the garden.
About 30 minutes into playing, another mom rolled up with four kids. She was definitly emitting the granola/crunchy vibe.
We started chit chatting about the exhibit, weather, etc.
SO DO YOU ALSO HOMESCHOOL?
I tried to hide it, but my eyes bulged out of my head. Do I look like I have the patience to homeschool these demons, I mean my offspring? I have nothing but respect for the moms that take the responsibility of their kids' education into their own hands, but I am not that mom. I need the hours from 7:30-3:00 to charge up for the homework and bed time battle.
My homeschool curriculum would consist of HGTV and People. They'd be mad stylish in their perfectly decorated homes, but they'd be dumb as dirt. They'd get all their history lessons from Drunk History. It would be a DISASTER.
I smiled at her.
OH NO, WE ARE JUST ON FALL BREAK.
It's some made up break intended to torture me. (I left that part out as she seemed to really enjoy her lovely children.)
Shortly afterwards, we headed towards the exit as we had a 60 minute drive ahead of us, and even though it was just shy of 2pm, evening rush hour Atlanta traffic begins promptly at noon.
I stopped by the front desk to pick up my reissued member pass (now printed on plastic!) The Yoys made their way to the gift shop where they had these really cool lego books that teach you to build all sorts of vehicles and cities.
After Big E made his closing arguments as to why I should purchase this book for him, the lady working the desk made a comment that stopped me cold in my tracks.
I DON'T ENVY YOU, HONEY.
Um. What? My kids aren't even being bad right now. Big E was very logical and polite in explaining why he wanted this book. Both boys were seated on the floor, thumbing through the pages. They were not burning the place down.
Also, I feel like I have a pretty good gig. My kids are in school all day and I can get my stuff done in peace.
Maybe she was just trying to make small talk. Or be funny. And I've heard it all before, just in a kinder way.
YOU SURE HAVE YOUR HANDS FULL!
THEY KEEP YOU ON OUR TOES!
BLESS YOUR HEART!
YOUR KID IS ABOUT TO JUMP OUT OF A SHOPPING CART!
Look, it's totally cool for me to complain about my kids, but I don't need a random lady to point out my deficiencies as a mother.
In any case, we give the Gainesville garden two stubby Yoy thumbs up.