Spokane trip pt 1

For the first hour of the trip, which coincided with nap time, Ms Squeaky was just looking around, not napping, taking in the scenery. And whenever Mr Cuddles would wake, MsS would smile, say in her high-pitched-baby-voice that she uses when talking to a baby, “Hi Cuddellz, how are you, Hiiiiiii Cuddellzzz” and make silly faces at him so that he would laugh.

We stopped at the Antique Fruit Barn in Thorpe. I’ve been curious since I started going to Spokane with MyBetterHalf long-long-ago. There were a few “Oh my goodness, what is that?” from Mr Grunty. But for the most part, taking toddlers into an antique store is a lot of “don’t touch that”. We got a bit of taffee.

The Columbia River was beautiful when we crossed, the river looked like glass and reflected the canyon walls. Picture perfect.

Just outside of the Gorge, we stopped at a rest stop, to give Mr Cuddles a bottle and to have Ms Squeaky & Mr Grunty run. After we got back on the road, Mr G was singing, “Cuddlez, cuddlez, cuddlez…”

Friday night, we went to a very busy pizza joint and had some dinner with my sister-in-law and her kids. Cousin M and Cousin C were very happy to feed green peas to Mr Cuddles, and then later they were playing with him. He would grab their finger, and they would over-react, like he had the brute strength to pull them around. All three were laughing lots. I talked with Sister-in-law about her philosophy class and if there is free will.

Saturday, morning we went to visit my father-in-law’s mom, who ain’t doing so good. Someday, am I going to have to take care of my parents. Someday, are my childrens going to have to take turns taking care of me.

Saturday evening we went to a park, and caught up with sister-in-law and her four children. Cousin C and Cousin M loved playing with the toddlers on the “wee-down”. I hope, Ms Squeaky tonight learned the valuable lesson of never step behind someone swinging, she got clobbered by cousin Mo and knocked to the ground. She screamed, which let us know she had plenty of oxygen and strength. Poor Cousin M looked about to cry, MyBetterHalf and I took turns comforting MsS or CousinM. We told CousinM that we knew it was an accident, and that it wasn’t her fault, and that little kids sometimes walk behind swings. CousinM then told us, she too, got clobbered by a sibling one time.

As we drive back to the hotel Saturday night, Ms Squeaky & Mr Grunty are singing “Ring around the rosie”.  After a few minutes of that, Mr Grunty said, “Let’s sing this” and started “Twinkle Twinkle Little” with the other verses that I didn’t know existed.  It is funny, that sometimes when they sing a song with a A-B-A format, they instead go A-B-A-B-A-B-A-B….never knowing when to stop.  Now they are singing it staccato style.


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