Sally and I got to keep Kaden last week! For a whole week! We had a great time. We went to Chuck E. Cheese, (which Sally and I actually like, so dont’ feel sorry for us!) and we discovered a new, bigger, crazier pizza place, called Incredible Pizza. It’s what would happen if Chuck E. Cheese and Harrah’s Casino got married and had a baby. We filled Kaden up with pizza and then let him spend the next half hour bouncing inside an inflatible moonwalk. When he got tired, which he never actually did…when we got tired, we took him out and fed him an ice cream sundae and then let him bounce around for another half an hour. There’s so many things wrong with this scenario, but thankfully everything stayed down and Kaden had the best time.
He and Grandma Sally made cookies and cupcakes. One night we fixed homemade waffles and sausage for supper. He wolfed those down! He’s a good eater like his grandpa, but he works it all off with all his playing, unlike his grandpa. We watched movies and read books. We laughed so hard at Skrat in Ice Age 2 til we thought we were going to throw up. Kaden came to work with me one day. He loves to flirt with the secretaries. He asked Pat Stroud, our financial secretary, if she was his Grandma Barb. She’s short just like his grandma. She said no, her name was Pat, so he calls her Grandma Pat. He loves playing in the play area at the mall. He watches to see if anyone actually puts money in one of those “rides” that bounce up and down, forward and backward, or round and round, and then he hops on to catch a ride. He might find him an empty seat, or if they are occupied, he’ll just stand or sit on the edge or hop on the hood and hang on for dear life. He’s a ride mooch.
So this week, it’s quiet at Grandpa and Sally’s house. The toys are all put away, his little table and chair have been stored until his next visit. The dog gets to relax. The chocolate stain on the new sofa has been removed. Sally’s back is stiff and my leg and hip hurt, but we wouldn’t trade the week with Kaden for anything. Besides, we are going to Phoenix for a week’s vacation to relax with all the rest of the grandparents. But we still miss Kaden!