I had a playdate with 4 of my grandkids today. I was out of town for Aidan's 4th birthday last week and told him I'd make it up to him by taking him to McDonalds for lunch. I knew he'd have more fun if I took his best friend, cousin Elly, with us and as it happened his sister, Sydney, and Elly's brother, Max, were both at loose ends today so I invited them along too.
McDonalds playlands are great kid pleasers and these guys love going there. I sat them all at a table for 4 and sat by myself at a table for two.
Elly didn't think that was such a great idea so she gathered up her food and trotted it over to my table so I wouldn't have to sit alone.
Aidan wanted to be sure he got noticed in the picture - after all, he is the birthday boy, sort of. That's his sister Sydney in the blurry foreground.
They'd play all day in the tunnel/slide structure if I let them. Elly is showing off her new picture-taking face. It's hard to get a shot of her these days without her toung sticking out.
These two sets of cousins have been friends as long as they can remember. Syd will be 6 in August and Max will be 7 in December so they're pretty close. Aidan just turned 4 and Elly will be 4 in November so they're even closer.
This is a typical picture of the little ones. They'd come down the slide one after the other and stop to hug one another. They love each other to death. And when they were in their terrible two stage, it was chaos whenever they were together. I don't know how many boxes of laundry detergent they dumped into Sara's (Elly's mother) dryer, on top of clean clothes, in an attempt to 'help'. Or how many walls were scribbled on with permanent markers, or bathtubs and sinks filled with water while they stripped down to play in it. Luckily they've outgrown that stage.
After spending almost two hours at McDonalds, we went to my house right across the street from a huge park and playground that they call Grammie's Playground. They love it there but we had to cut our fun short because Aidan had an appointment to go to with his Mum. Just as well. Grammie was getting quite worn out by then.
It was a fun day for us all.