My kids have spent almost every weekday for the last 5 weeks practicing from 9:30 am-12 pm for a play through our community education group. They have been extremely good sports about it. That fact doesn’t surprise me for Ellie, since I know she loves this kind of thing, but it did surprise me a bit for Austin. Austin doesn’t typically like things that go on and on like that for weeks at a time. I’m hoping he is having a good time at the practices, just like Ellie. Riley….well, Riley is Riley. She liked it for about a day, maybe two, and then she figured out that while she was gone every morning her friends in the neighborhood were playing without her and that didn’t sit well with her. Still, to her credit, she didn’t complain (much).
Then comes Thursday. They had just gotten back from practice and we were discussing how they just have one practice left and then their 3 performances. Then the phone rang. It was their director asking that the cast all stay until 3:30 the next day to practice. They would get two hours off, then the kids were due back at 5:30 to get ready for the show. This information was received with groans from all three kids.
I decided that a distraction was in order. So, we piled in the car and headed to Minnesota’s Largest Candy store. The kids and I tend to make a trip there once a summer and we hadn’t gone yet so it was time!
We picked out some weird flavored sodas to try, scoured every aisle, walked by the fresh baked pies twice just to inhale the yummy scent, everyone picked out two treats, and Austin danced in the aisles to the polka music.
My attempt at distraction worked well. Who can be grumpy with a bagful of candy?
Bring on the weekend! My kids are ready to perform (and on a sugar high)!