Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Playdates and a Picnic Lunch

Today we had our first real in-home playdate. We've gotten together with friends at the mall or the gym or the library before. We've even gone to a friend's house to play. Today, though, was the first time we had someone come to our house during the week just to play with Abigail. It was kind of a last minute decision, and we kind of had a bad night last night, so I wasn't sure what to expect. My new friend has two toddlers of her own, though, so I wasn't too worried about mommy-judging.

Since the weather is cool today (for August), and we had a little shade from the house (no real trees in my yard) we threw a sheet on the ground and had a little toddler picnic at lunch. This was not without some mishaps. The three girls managed to eat most of the chicken nuggets I'd baked them while I finished cooking the mommy lunches. I didn't realize that little fingers could reach the tray I'd placed on the table. Then my sweet, innocent cherub, who of course wasn't hungry anymore once we got outside, twice dumped her plate of green beans, sweet potato fries and chicken nuggets upside down on the sheet. On purpose. And all three girls wanted to run around the yard before the mommies had finished eating, which would have been fine if they didn't try to eat rocks and stayed within the mommies sight. (Both of these were from my child, by the way.)

All in all, though, we had a good time entertaining our friends. And I'm thinking a little front yard picnic may be just the thing for breakfast and lunch on occasion. Maybe I'll invite the neighbors next time.

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