Peter and I have a really great Sushi place near our house and we love telling everyone we can about it. The only bad thing is that it is a take-out only restaurant. So, last night, we bought some sushi and headed over to a friend’s house. As we enjoyed our sushi, our friend’s two little boys (3 and 1 1/2 years old) showed us what they got for Christmas. It was so exciting to see the kids so happy that Santa Claus visited them. They had so many cute little things.
After dinner, we had decided to play Apples To Apples, but the 3 year old soon got distracted and the 1 1/2 year old was trying to steal the cards. It was hilarious. Then we played with some of their new toys and the 1 1/2 year old got out his stickers and was putting them all over us. Soon, we all had matching stickers attached to our foreheads.
We eventually ended up having a dance party. We would be jumping and dancing around and then the 3 year old would say STOP and we would held our pose. Then he would say GO and it would start all over again. It was fun and exhausting at the same time LOL The stickers we had attached to our forehead kept falling off and losing their stick so the boys would have to pause the dance party to get us new stickers. Very cute.
I don’t get much interaction with children on a “personal” basis and Peter gets even less than I do. As I work in a family restaurant, I do see a lot of kids. Unfortunately, most of the kids usually pancakes and syrup all over themselves, which kind of grosses me out, so I don’t spend a lot of time at the tables “hanging out” with the children. Last night was quite a change from our normal nights and it was fun to spend a night with children that I know and like.
It was also so wonderful to see Peter interact with the kids. We are not planning on having a family any time soon, but I did get to have a little glimpse of what he will be like as a dad. He definitely adopted the baby talk tone of voice for the kids. It was just too funny.
It cracks me up that kids can keep themselves amused with the smallest things. And for so long!! We danced for such a long time and they weren’t getting tired at all. The same thing was happening over and over and they just loved every second of it. At one point, both boys were hiding in the curtains and we were asking, “Where’s Ben? Where’s Alex?” Then they would pop out and would be so amazed that they fooled us. The 3 year old was kind of old enough to know that we knew where he was, but the 1 1/2 year old was convinced that he disappeared and that we had no idea where he was. The smile on his face when he “reappeared” was precious.
At the end of the night I made sure to say thank you to kids for letting us play with them. It was probably as much fun for me as it was for them.
The joy of a child really is an astonishing thing to see.
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