Sunday was my birthday and we were bad and slept in, missing church. We had a late breakfast at IHOP and then went to see The Lego Movie in 3d. And that was about it. Super exciting birthday I think this is the first year I’ve woken up on my birthday and it just felt like another day. Not an ounce of excitement. I’ve always at least gotten a little excited when I woke up on my birthday even if I knew there wouldn’t be any fanfare. Sigh. It’s no fun being an adult.
As we sat down for dinner on Saturday night, Chris asked the kids, “Do you know who’s having a birthday tomorrow?” Clara exclaimed, “Mommy!” and then her face got serious and she said slowly, “Ummmmm, can someone take me to the store?” It was so funny. The next morning she scribbled out a card real fast and handed it to me with a big smile.
When we got out of the movie, we walked to the other end of the mall to the outdoor store to look at camping stuff. They have lots of taxidermy throughout the store and a huge fish tank surrounded by faux rock. The kids waited to take a peek in the little bubble of glass that juts out into the water so you have a better view. It feels a bit like you’re entering a little tunnel.
As they both got in close to the glass to peer in, Chris grabbed a pillow that was in the shape of a big colorful fish. It was about 3 feet long. He slowly eased it between their two heads. Oh my goodness, I’m laughing as I type this. We both knew we’d get a reaction, but we were not expecting Clara to scream at the top of her lungs, for like 5 seconds straight. Robert turned and I think he would have just been startled had it not been for Clara’s reaction. He joined in just as loud and long. My ears were ringing and I was in tears laughing as I grabbed Robert to console him. Clara grabbed hold of me. Both kids were crying, tears running down their faces and Chris and I could not contain ourselves.
A lady just happened to be sitting on a boat trailer right behind us and caught the whole thing. She had tears streaming too. She couldn’t stop laughing either and felt really bad and kept saying “I’m terrible” and “I’m so sorry; I shouldn’t be laughing.” We let Robert sit in some of the boats to distract him and after about 10 minutes of that, we passed back by the lady and her husband had just shown up and we could see her gesturing to the fish pillows and the tank and knew she was relaying the story. Chris passed by and said, “Yep, that was me.” and she started laughing all over again. Man I wish I had that on video.