Today started out ordinarily enough with an eighteen month old (tomorrow- it’s gone by too fast) flopping onto my belly and me scooping her in for a snuggle. We did ordinary things- Jonathan picked up our raw milk (Bianca has been on it for months now and it’s fattening her up nicely and even Anya enjoys the occasional glass of “cow’s milk”). Anya and I made a D- dolphin for her ABC scrapbook. Bianca ran around being cute- what else is new? 🙂
Around lunch time we decided we’d check out a local animal reserve. And this is where our plans for the day started to go downhill. We piled into the car, made a quick stop for subway, and headed out to the nearest “city.” Thirty-five-ish minutes later we arrived at our destination. Despite their website emphatically claiming they’re open for the season, they most certainly were not. The lack of any sort of sign identifying the location and the desolate appearance of the property in general makes me wonder if they’re just not in fact open for the season or if they’re closed for all seasons henceforth? I hope it’s the former since I’d love to go back (they did have donkeys and sheep in a side pasture which gives me hope for a future visit!). Disappointment rippled through our car- even the little one let out a disgruntled exclamation of “boogldy bogley bugedy blah!” Not to despair, Jonathan and I decided we’d redirect the outing with a trip to dinosaur land. At this point, I probably should have checked before driving the 25 minutes back the way we came but, I didn’t. The disgruntled “oh no”s were slightly louder as we read the sign that said open March 1st- December. Seeing as march 1st is less than a week away, this was just incredibly bad luck. We tossed around some other ideas before settling on the park (mostly because everything is closed right now!!). Luckily, it was not closed. In fact it was dripping with other sun deprived locals out enjoying the day (but not uncomfortably crowded since we are in the middle of nowhere).
And, here’s the point of this whole post…at this moment it seems that today was just a give up and hope for a redo tomorrow. Enter the best idea anyone had all day: fondue. We headed to the grocery store for some ingredients, swung by target for a family friendly game, and home to rest whilst the husband whipped up some Melting Pot sauces. I have to say- if you don’t have a special family fix anything, make any day brighter meal- get one. That’s fondue for the Fullers. Bianca gobbled down every bite as soon as it left the fondue fork. Anya practically bounced in her seat the entire meal whilst asking for more mushrooms and shrimp (perhaps not the best thing to do around boiling oil), and mommy and daddy got to share their favorite meal with their two favorite people. We have some sort of fondue at least once a month (usually cheese). And, it’s always met with excitement and finished with deliciousness.
We ended the evening with cupcake matching and red velvet cake for an Anya and chocolate peanut butter Boston cream cake for the rest of us- yuuuum! It’s funny how a day that needs a do over can end up being one of my favorite days this month.