First, the kids went with my mom and dad (since I had to work) to see The Lorax on Monday. It was offered through our local Autism Ontario chapter (of which I am a paid-in-full, lifetime member). They have really stepped up their game this year, with a new director on board and are offering tons of fun and free stuff. The 4 of them went, and got popcorn and drinks, all for nothing. The kids had a blast and my parents did too.
Tomorrow night, we are taking them to see Richard Scary's Busytown, at our local convention centre. Back in November, we had taken them to see the Backyardigans. The show experienced several technical breakdowns and as an apology to everyone, they offered free Richard Scary tickets. I was a little slow on the upswing, so our seats aren't as good as they were for the first 2 shows we saw there, but for free, I can't really complain. The kids loved going the last couple of times, so I think they are really going to enjoy this.
And the piece de la resistance for the week was today. Also through the AO chapter, we got FREE Disney on Ice tickets. FREE!! We decided to keep it a total surprise for the kids, and didn't tell them anything at all, just that we had a surprise and we had to drive there (it was in Hamilton.)
Yesterday, we had made a trek up to Limeridge Mall (or the Mickey Mouse Mall, as the kids call it, because it has a Disney store.) They had a clearance sale on, so I got a cute Minnie Mouse dress and shoes for Sawyer and Sebastian got a Mickey t-shirt (a little big). I figured they could wear them today.
|Sawyer's Minnie Mouse shoes|
|Bastian's rocking Mickey shirt|
|ready to go, but still have no idea where!|
So far, Geoff has had sleep in days all this week since Tuesday.
So, with the show starting at 1pm, and with it being at least an hour's drive away, my thought was that we should be leaving around 1130, at the latest. This made sense to me, gave us some leeway for traffic or getting lost, not being able to find parking or our seats.
My problem is, I assume that my logic is so logical, it doesn't need to be vocalized or discussed. So I didn't. So Geoff had no idea. So Geoff slept until 11:15.
Then he decided he had to shave.
Anyway, now it's 10 to 12, and we are finally in the car. I am trying really, REALLY hard to not be mean or snipe-y. I am watching the clock, and constantly calculating how much time we have left. But I am not vocalizing or blaming, or doing anything negative. I think I earn a gold star for that.
Or maybe I am just a giant dope. See, Geoff has ALWAYS been like this, he always makes me late. I have been married to him for 14 years and the fact that I am not used to it, or actively working against it 24/7 tells me I am kind of an idiot.
So, long story short (I know, too late!) we hit tons of traffic, think we are going the wrong way, decide to persevere, finally find the place (Google Maps said 1.4 kilometers, and there was NO way it was that...it was more like 5-8 kms), pass the parking, turn around, get in the parking, get a spot, mad dash to the building, check the tickets, drag the kids as fast as we can past the cornucopia of Disney memorabilia for sale, find the seats, finally sit down and LITERALLY 3 seconds after we sit, the lights go off and the show starts. Talk about nick of time!!
All my aggravation washed away however, when the kids finally figured out what was going on. They lost it when Minnie and Mickey came out. They were thrilled with the Nemo section, and the Princesses, and Toy Story. Sebastian was in awe and Sawyer kept clapping for her favorite parts. They both loved it, and it was so worth every step of the painful process to get there.
|the whole gang out on the ice!|
|Me and my girl|
|me and my boy|
|Friends again. All is forgiven.|
Rosie N. Grey
The N stands for "Nemo, princesses and Mickey..oh my!"