After a few months of delays and cancelations, we finally made it to Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH. The place was giant, the kids liked it, and all the adults also enjoyed it. E got tired early afternoon and quickly fell asleep in the stroller when I laid the seat back. He was out for an hour or two.
We arrived at the museum around 11 and left around 4, drove to our hotel in Cincinnati (Blue Ash Embassy Suites), and settled in for a picnic dinner, then swimming. The pool was jammed with kids so E of course hated it while C and J could care less. I took E back upstairs for reading in bed and talking on an (unplugged) phone. Hotel phones are amazing things to 2 year olds.
Also, since E doesn’t want to wear diapers anymore but also fears public toilets (who doesn’t) he peed in sealable baggies all weekend and very sadly pooped in his diapers. Fun stuff.
E stuck close to us, eating snacks, talking, smiling, whining, sobbing, screaming, and laughing, begging for food and candy, and playing on my phone. You know, your typical Five Hours In the Life of a Two Year Old.
We moved on to searching for a game arcade in an old mall. Rode some escalators, dashed through a store, climbed in display boats, knocked down racks of fishing poles, begged for candy. Ten Minutes In the Life of a Four Year Old.
Finally found the arcade, made a couple more bathroom breaks, played games randomly and frantically, enjoyed the heck out of life, fell screaming and crying to the floor after being told killing zombies is not appropriate for 2 year olds.
Then we made it to a Panera for dinner. C was so hyped up from the busy day that his voice was stuck at near yelling level for even normal conversation. E was exhausted. So we let them watch Curious George during dinner, loaded into the van, and drove the 1.5 hours home.
It was a really freaking delightful weekend. The boys had soooo much fun and J and I were able to enjoy the trip too. I guess that’s what happens when your kids get older, trips become easier and more enjoyable. I hope we can do it again in a year or two!