While Heather and Stephanie were enjoying Sweden, I got to be Mr. Mom for the long weekend. And what a weekend it was! The fun started Thursday night before the girls left, when Audrey ate something she shouldn’t have that caused her to throw up a couple of times at about 3:00am.
Friday morning Audrey seemed fine and ate breakfast with her normal enthusiasm. I got the kids ready for school and away we went on a very rainy morning. When we were about 50 meters from the school gate, Audrey stopped and bent over the edge of the sidewalk – and threw up all of breakfast. So, change of plans! We dropped Ezra off and Audrey came with me to ECA. We stayed for about an hour so I could tie up some loose ends and answer a few questions, and then I had to bring her with me on an errand in downtown Madrid at a government office. I had only given Audrey a snack that I thought would be mild on her stomach – not sure if yogurt actually qualifies, but I don’t proclaim to be an expert in these things. About 10 minutes from our destination, Audrey threw up again ALL over herself and her car seat. Fortunately she had a raincoat, so I cleaned her up as thoroughly as I could and hid the damage under the rain coat while we were in the government office. The rest of the day was pretty normal, although Ezra was sad to miss playtime at the park due to the weather.
Saturday was the day on which all the memories were made! I heard about an air show at a nearby military base, so we decided to check it out. The forecast said the biggest chance of rain would be between 11 and 12:00, so we left home at 11:30. There were A LOT of people who wanted to get into the air show, so we spent the next 2 1/2 hours in first gear, circling the perimeter of the base. The kids showed great patience and it was actually pretty pleasant – Ezra could see most of the planes and helicopters performing out the window.
The highlights of this waiting time were the bathroom breaks. Audrey was easy – the line didn’t move at all while I ran over and hung her over the guardrail on the edge of the highway. Ezra took himself out a few minutes later, and as soon as he got his shorts down the line started to move! I only ended up about three car-lengths ahead, but when he saw us moving he decided to try shuffling sideways while simultaneously peeing on the guardrail. This was obviously a hilarious sight, and when he realized that someone a few cars back from me was laughing, he decided to turn around to make faces at them and do a little dance – with his shorts still at his ankles. Then he pulled them up and sprinted back to our car. Don’t worry, all you moms out there – I brought hand sanitizer!
After all that waiting we finally got let into a parking area – about 1.5 miles away from the actual airshow. So we had a nice hike, and the rain that had been holding off all came at once – the exact moment we reached the entrance gate to the air show. It didn’t dampen Ezra’s spirits too much! Sorry moms, I forgot the umbrella. I am still in training!
Ezra LOVED the fighter jets.
His one goal was to see planes flying in formation, and leaving colored smoke trails out the back. I was worried that his wish was a bit too specific, but we actually saw 3 or 4 squadrons that each had their own smoke color scheme!
After about 20 minutes of truly driving rain, the entire place was a puddle 1/2 inch deep. The kids got hungry, so I waded through a crowd to buy them a bag of chips. Audrey took one, handed it back, and promptly threw up twice. The standing water on the ground created a truly impressive effect, as the puke spread like a cloud around the feet of all the people around us. Fortunately they were all looking at the planes so we were able to make a quick escape from the area! Immediately after throwing up, Audrey wiped her mouth with the back of her hand and said, “Okay, chips now.”
You won’t believe this, but the sun came out right as we headed through the gates to go home!
After a long, pleasant hike back to the car (in which Ezra found and brought along an animal skeleton of some kind, with some fuzzy stuff still hanging off the bones – yay hand sanitizer!), we made it halfway home before Audrey politely requested a throw-up receptacle. All I could find was a zip-lock bag full of fall leaves that Audrey was supposed to take to school on Friday. I gave it to Audrey and she promptly filled it… at this point I couldn’t reach her to get the bag back, so I begged her to hold the bag carefully without spilling. After a couple minutes’ silence, Ezra said, “Uh, Dad… we’ve got a big problem.” I asked him what it was, fearing the worst, and he replied, “That bag had leaves in it that Audrey was supposed to take to school.” Phew!
The next two days were relatively uneventful. On Sunday Audrey’s stomach was finally getting back to normal, and we were all happy to see Heather on Monday night.