Courtney, the Things, and I went out to enjoy a day off school. We attempted to fly the giant helium balloon at the Great Park in Irvine. Just our luck - it was grounded due to a nearby water main break. Not exactly sure what a water main has to do with a balloon . . . seems to me that water sticks pretty close to the ground. Really it was more a lesson in the benefits of calling ahead. Waste of time, especially since the whining quotient rose as a result.
And this is what we got to deal with.
We tried to salvage the outing with a Target pit stop at the Irvine Spectrum, then a romp in the nearby spray ground. Target is a luxury Hawaii residents don't yet get to indulge in. We planned a short store walk through, but with 6 Things in tow can you ever keep it quick?
And then there was the spray ground. Or more like the lack of one. It was out of service because a house had been built over the top of it. Seriously - a house. At an outdoor mall. What the heck? How do you explain to kids that we can't play in the water because a house is in the way? By then the whine meter had broken due to overstress. Back to the car with the bunch of us.
At least I got my sanity saver out of the way - on the way home I picked Sketch's portraits up at JC Penney. So very exciting. But at least I got to leave the Things in the car. And the pickup wasn't nearly as painful as the sitting - only 3 minutes instead of 3 hours.