Our brave vacationing family made it to Raleigh late yesterday. We were on track to actually leave our house when I imagined we would (I'm so organized!) when Brendan noticed a big lump on the back of Ryan's knee! "Freaked out" doesn't begin to describe my feelings upon seeing that lump. We rushed off to the pediatrician who diagnosed (as had I and a friend) the lump as a benign Baker's Cyst. Breathing much more calmly, we set off on our journey only 2 hours late. Totally worth it.
30 minutes into our journey, Ryan asked "How much longer?" Lather, rinse, repeat. Poor thing! Even though everyone was happy to receive a surprise of the first two seasons of Scooby Doo to watch in the car on the way.
Morgan refused to nap until after our dinner stop, and so was awake until midnight last night! Oh well, at least she slept in this morning. We met my parents for a late breakfast in the lobby. While I was in line to get eggs with Ryan, he sneezed, remembering to cover his mouth with his hands. I complimented him on being so hygenic but was promptly rebuffed: "But Mom, I'm not ever doing that again because my hands smell like pee!" Many were amused. I'm sure an equal number of innocent bystanders were not. I thought it was highly funny though.
Then we went to the mall and made some stuffed animals at Build A Bear (soooo cute). I watched some of the American Idol contestants try out. Nobody was really horrible--no William Hungs or that awful guy who tried to sing "Like A Virgin" a few years ago. There were some who could really sing and some who couldn't, some with lots of bling and some without. I didn't see anyone in tears or threatening the judges. Fairly tame all in all.
We had our lunch and I really need to teach Ryan some appropriateness in public kind of lessons because while we were waiting for our table, he dropped trou and asked me to inspect his booty. (Sometimes he passes gas and thinks he pooped and he's always surprised by this.) Many innocent bystanders were caught in the crossfire of his big old white moon. Again, I was highly amused!
After lunch, we saw the Sanrio store and Morgan was about the funniest thing I've ever seen. She just couldn't believe that there was actually a Hello Kitty store! A whole store! Too cute. Cash drifted from the grandparents' hands like tape in a ticker-tape parade. It's kind of hard though because they obviously prefer Morgan over Ryan and it's really getting on my nerves. Doesn't seem to bug Ryan though.
Apart from my parents driving the ever-loving sanity just right out of my brain, we are having a nice time. But I can't wait to head for the beach tomorrow! More to come....
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