Today was a great day! We woke up bright and early (ok, 8:30) so that we could be in DC by 10:00. At 10:30 was a special presentation at the Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum. “One World, One Sky,” which featured the one and only Big Bird and Elmo…and another character (Hu Hu Zhu) from Sesame Street in China. Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu even traveled to the moon! Very exciting stuff! The room was full of kids and the movie was great. They talked about the Big Dipper and the North Star, and even had all the kids count the stars in the Big Dipper, and sing Twinkle Twinkle. Ella loved it…as did all of the other kids in the room.
After the Planetarium we headed to the cafeteria, which happened to be the big yellow M. Could the day get any more perfect for Ella? After lunch and a short walk through the museum, we headed outside (since this is the first day on our staycation that was actually cool enough to walk outside) and walked through the sculpture garden, then headed over to the carousel for a ride. Ella rode twice, once on a horse with me standing next to her, and once on the bench with Joe. She was VERY excited!
Joe and I have learned that Ella loves getting out and doing things. Every day when we go out she has a great time wherever we are, then as soon as we start heading back to the car the tears start flowing. She spends the entire drive home crying that she wants her purple seat (her stroller) and that she doesn’t want to go home, she wants to go outside. Today we decided to take her to the park as a transition spot, so we got out and walked around the lake at the park, played at the playground, looked at the fish and the turtles, and got ice cream. At the end of all that Joe and I were very tired and ready to head home. Ella, on the other hand, was not. She still cried all the way home. The good thing is that when we get home we let her lay on her Elmo couch, or in the basement, and watch TV, and within just a few minutes she’s fine.
We wrapped up our afternoon by baking cookies. REAL cookies! Not the “home baked” kind that I usually make. I pre-measured everything so all Ella had to do was dump it in the bowl. Her apron and chef hat were a present from GiGi’s friend, Judy. Ella loves them and won’t wear the apron without the hat. Today she discovered that the cupcakes on her apron have sparkles. This was very exciting news!
I’m sad that Murray Staycation 2010 is almost over. It has really been a great week. We were reminded how fortunate we are to live here. We have so many activities and amazing things to see right out our front door. What a blessing to be able to experience it all.