Yesterday we went to the A2 Mini Maker Fair -- a sort of science project fair for amateur inventors, if that makes any sense. Fun things to see and do! Jon made a Blinky, Otto and Mom and I wandered around and looked at lasers and robots and such.
Annabel, though, was more serious. Annabel fell in love.
Meet Mr. Robot! I expected her to be afraid when he started wheeling sideways. Then I expected her to jump when his eyes flashed green, and he "smiled" at her, and the little spotlight popped out of his head. But she wasn't frightened, she was enchanted. She hugged him and patted his back like he was one of her babies. We had to keep a close eye on her, because if left to her own devices, she would take off to go find him from whatever corner of the building we were in.
I believe this will be the child I'll be hauling to science fairs and such in the future... good to know.
This is also my outdoors child. Otto spent this afternoon in his room, hip-deep in Legos, wearing a t-shirt and underpants (he was supposed to be napping - hah!), happy as a clam. Annabel, on the other hand, wanted to be outside. So Jon took her with him on a little errand.
She was asleep before he got to the end of the street. Nothing like a ride to put a baby to sleep, I guess. When he walked back into the house with her 20 minutes later, she was snuggled on his shoulder like a sack of potatoes, so utterly relaxed she could hardly hold her head up.
So we've had a nice weekend, despite the fact that we seem to have fast forwarded through the end of August and all of September into October. I'm normally not drawn to displays of Halloween decorations in August, but I'm feeling panicked about decorating the front porch, and finally figured out it's the weather. It's supposed to get down to 39 degrees tonight. 39 degrees! I'm digging deep into our closets for warm clothes for the kids, and it's entertaining to put them on because the kids have spent all summer getting taller. Otto's jeans are now floods, and Bel's sweet summer dresses are sort of turning into micro-minis. Looks like there will be some shopping in my near future.
I'm taking a couple of days off this week, extending Labor Day into a mini-vacation. I'm really looking forward to it... work is full of challenge and change lately, which is normal and good, but instead of feeling energized by it I'm just feeling kind of glum. A break, my birthday, and rolling over into September should straighten me out. The start of the school year still makes me happy!