… wearing leggings on my head. The girls couldn’t stop giggling at this antic!
Actually two of them opened yesterday in our town. We’ve been anticipating the opening of the one closest to us for months now, maybe even a whole year. Finally, the grand opening was yesterday and we managed to get there at 8:15 am. We saw managerial types in suits, a lot of customers, plus the store mascot who was handing out candy. The girls enjoyed a great breakfast of samples.
I found it funny that in this brand new store were clearance signs for toothpaste and pizza, for example. The grocery business is quite interesting! We’re really excited to have a store so close.
We were fortunate enough to be invited to a children’s concert by the Chapel Hill Philharmonia on Sunday. We know some of the members of the orchestra which made the concert even more special. They played Mozart’s “Magic Flute” with narration and operatic singing by college students and recent graduates. The overflowing room led to people sitting on the floor. Fortunately we arrived early enough to reserve front row seats. The girls were fascinated by the costumes, and also the singing. Unni also found the violinists quite amazing. At the end of the concert, hosts handed out plastic flutes and we’ve listened to the high-pitched screeches for a few days now.
We hopped onto our bikes and the girls into the bike trailer, and then wove around town to the donut shop. We avoided big roads, and found greenways and side streets to be fairly safe. Having a goal like the donut shop sure helps to keep the girls enthused! The store had added a few decorative touches since our last trip there and I found one sign rather amusing.
In the afternoon, Dad worked at home (the girls say that’s his super power -working) and the girls and Mom headed downtown to the pumpkin carving held by the town. I love that the mess we created stayed behind and we took our new buddy Jack home with us. At this age of our girls, plain Jack works but we saw some intricate 3D pumpkins being carved by some teenagers.
Unni took a two week class and the final product is this very cool haunted house, complete with spider, pumpkin decor and a skeleton. She participated in the class without Mom, which is quite impressive for her.
One afternoon last week, the girls locked themselves in the laundry room for forty five minutes. They were giggling and generally happy so I let them play while I folded and put away laundry, emptied the dishwasher, picked up the living room and bedrooms, finished supper and cleaned bathrooms. By that time, I was positive that nothing good was happening in the laundry room. When I knocked and told the girls to come out, they tried to open the door but it wouldn’t budge. I figured they must have dumped the shoes off of the shoe rack. After instructing them to move the shoes away from the door at least, they scampered out of the open door and left me with my mouth hanging open. I tried really hard to not laugh and made them sit on the sofa. Unni said, “I figured we were going to be in trouble but it was so fun!”
We consider ourselves very fortunate to live close to a trader Joe’s. But, this season the store is completely overrun with pumpkin products and it’s almost overwhelming to walk around the store. Unni tried the honey pumpkin ravioli sample and has eaten three packages by herself in the past couple weeks. We also tried their pumpkin bagels. The girls asked me to get the pumpkin pancake mix too but I held out.
As if the girls didn’t have enough excitement in one day, we also rode our bikes downtown for the Harvest Festival. We ran into some of our friends which was a fun surprise. Then, the girls jumped in the bounce houses and loved slipping down the inflatable slides. Koma climbed the steep steps with no hesitation. At one tae kwon do exhibit, Master Kim helped Unni break the board with her hand which amazed her. And no trip to downtown is complete without stopping at the drugstore soda fountain and snacking in one of their booths.
The State Fair started a few days ago, so we joined the masses on Saturday to see the animals and exhibits. Fortunately, we arrived early and left before the crowds got bad. The girls loved looking at the cows, sheep, horses, chickens, rabbits, pigs, and ginormous pumpkins (winner was 1440 pounds). We watched a couple of the competitions, the sheep one being the most interesting as some of the ewes did not want to cooperate! Of course, no Fair is complete without Fair Food. Unfortunately for our girls, Mom isn’t a huge fan of deep-fried (fill-in-the-blank … snickers, twinkies, etc) but we did end up with some french fries, roasted ears of corn and an elephant ear. The girls collected stickers at nearly every booth, with the most at the kids tent. Outside of the kids tent, they posed with Wyatt of Super Why fame, and excitedly pointed out other wooden buddies like Big Bird, Peg and Cat, and Cat in the Hat. The best part of the Fair for the girls ended up being a display of wood play houses where they could open doors, climb the stairs, play with the kitchen set and otherwise make believe.