We had a great weekend! As always, I truly believe that if you haven’t laughed lately in your life, you haven’t been paying attention.
Here are some things that had us rollin’ this weekend. Maybe you had to be there? Who knows. Just writing about them makes me laugh all over again, so I thought I’d share!
We went to a wedding this weekend. It was the first wedding that Claire has attended! She did so well, and we all had a great time.
After the service has concluded, and the bride and groom walked back down the aisle, everyone is waiting to go back into the building. (The wedding was a gorgeous event, held on a patio on the mountainside, overlooking the city.)
Claire looks at me and says in her overly-cheery (i.e. loud) voice, “Now, it’s time to eat! Right, Momma!?”
The people behind us couldn’t help but laugh out loud.
“Well, at least she has her priorities straight,” I told them. They agreed.
The wedding venue had lit candles everywhere. Every time Claire saw candles, she tried to blow them out.
“Sweetie, we don’t blow out the candles. We just look at them,” I said, hoping no one was watching her.
“But, it’s a birthday, Momma! I’m supposed to blow out the candles!”
“No, sweetie, this is a wedding…not a birthday.”
“Oh…it’s a wedding…not a birthday? And we can’t blow out the candles at a wedding?”
“No…it’s not that kind of party.”
So, if you were behind us in the buffet line, my apologies. The little tea-lights by the mashed potatoes and scalloped potatoes were lit when we got there…but a couple birthday wishes were made before I could intervene.
Claire did a great job of sitting still during the dinner. But, she started to get antsy when that portion of the festivities started to wear down, and they hadn’t opened the floor to dancing yet.
The three of us were sitting at a table with a group of our friends. One of the husbands decided to play hide-and-seek with Claire while we waited for the bride and groom to make the rounds.
Now, keep in mind, Claire doesn’t really know how to play hide-and-seek. In her version, whomever is the seeker counts to ten, says, “Ready or not, here I come!” and then pretends to look for her — or just says, “Where’s Claire? Where is she?” The seeker doesn’t even usually have to walk around. (And, keep in mind, Claire has not only announced where she will be hiding, it’s usually a very obvious place.)
So, my friend’s husband starts to walk toward the steps leading down to the dance floor, which is in the opposite direction of where Claire is hiding behind my chair, and he’s pretending to look for Claire. She gets really excited and runs over to stand at the top of the stairs.
Just as she gets here, he whips around and yells, “BOO!”
She shrieks and runs back toward our table…which wouldn’t be that funny, except that he had totally startled the entire table of senior citizens that were sitting at the table by the stairs. Every single one of them jumped and gasped out loud. My friend’s husband felt horrible and profusely apologized for sneaking up on all of them and letting out such a startling yell. One elderly gentleman (who had happened to be admiring Claire and her antics throughout the evening) literally grasped his chest and said, “I’m not sure my heart can take all this excitement.”
This is the same gentleman who turned to me as I was standing behind him holding Claire so that she could see the bride and groom dancing their first dance and said, “My, you sure are a cutie!” and then his wife playfully swatted him on the arm, turned around and said, “Oh, you’re lucky there’s a baby there too, this time.” HA!
On Sunday night, the three of us went out to dinner. As the meal is winding down, Daddy and I are discussing Claire’s birthday gift options. I’m spelling everything of any importance, so as to remain secretive in front of Claire.
All of a sudden, Claire starts saying random letters out loud.
“Tee! Oh! Eye! Eye! Ell! Pee! Pee! Tee!”
We start to laugh. Claire was spelling right along with us!
“Claire, what are you doing?”
“I’m spelling words, Momma! Just like you!” Claire said. “Enn! Ess! Tee! Eye! Eye!”
It won’t be long before she figures out what we’re doing. Something tells me that our days of keeping secrets like this are numbered…