I do not know if the rest of the nation is aware, but it is Raining here in California. We are on our fifth day of rain which feels like a really big deal considering the drought we have had for years. And the fact that we now have twin toddlers.
4 years ago when El Nino raged, four days of rain would have meant pajamas and tea and a few good movies and fire in the fireplace. These days it means strategies (heavy toy rotation:: lots of toys in the garage and only a few in the house, rotate heavily before they get us, repeat daily), short trips timed around the tornadoes (not really tornadoes, just really crazy thunderstorms) and a new treat or two.
When the boys were born, Tim's sister came down from Oregon with a load of hand me downs. Good ones...we have used the books she passed down since the day the boys were born and we are barely through them all after almost three years. And some prime dress up clothes, plush firemen suits with hats, a race car outfit, and the gem in the bunch...Buzz Lightyear. The boys have taken a real shine to the Toy Story I and II movies (during what should be their nap time but disappeared so very long ago). They love the two characters passionately and we find them sewing each other up in the armpit area and 'falling with style' daily.
Monday I arrived home from work, sprinting into the garage to find Tim emerging from their storage closet with the 'dress up' bag in hand...I have to admit for the first time. I was saving them, okay? From the dismantlers, you know?
His timing was perfect as they were a little bouncy and frazzled from the day inside. Out came the firemen outfit, the race car outfit, and the Buzz...the ONE Buzz outfit. Erm. Not very good planning on our part. It was not total bedlam, but I could see Owen visibly agitating as Mason contentedly flew around and buzzed things with his arm laser.
Our solution? Frantically calling the Disney stores in our vicinity to see if they carried another Buzz suit. Answer :: No. Next step :: Toys R Us, a place I have walked into once since they were born. No go there.
Then Amazon. Oh, trusty Amazon. We looked through the Buzz outfits with O and then he looked at me with his lash framed eyes and said "Woody?" And I clicked twice and had paid for the piece without even caring about the seriously inflated price.
Our by line that night was that Woody was on his way. Imagine my chagrin when the email I received noted an estimated shipping date on January 25. Waaaay too long. Waaaaaay too long.
Next solution? Take Buzz and wash him and tell the boys it had to rest for a day or two and hope they totally forget it exists.
He really did need a wash as within the first 15 minutes of wearing the mostly white outfit, Mace managed to sit and smear chocolate all over his bum. At least, I think it was choc (it was, it was).
Well, today I came home from work to a lovely brown box with its familiar marking. And lo and behold, Woody had arrived...in 2 sweet quick much appreciated days. You can bet that Amazon seller is going to get 10 stars.
And we had a nice afternoon and night in. Pretty nice. Until I lost it when I had to take the suits on and off and on and off and on...
Only two more days of rain left. I hope we all survive. And how in the hell do you people that live with toddlers in terrible inclement weather climates make it through? Wow.