I dropped one off at rehearsal and walked with the little one to get frozen yogurt which we shared. If she had it her way, it would have been all hers but she was up against me and Michelle doesn't share food! She is lucky I broke the rules for her. We picked the oldest one up and we drove home. It was quite a successful day.
But I did face two opponents. One I conquered. The other kicked my behind. The opponents weren't children or animals or a challenging slide at one of the two parks we visited. Oh no. Those things are a cake walk compared to what I faced.
The first opponent was the bottom buckle on a car seat. I could not figure out, for the life of me, how to buckle that damn thing. I saw that the two buckles had puzzle-like pieces. It should have been easy but it wasn't. The oldest child tried to help while the youngest was getting pretty pissed that I couldn't figure out how to buckle it. Their mom was playing basketball in the background but my pride wouldn't allow me to call to her for help. "You are capable, Michelle. You CAN buckle this car seat." And I did. After about 4 minutes which is entirely too long to figure out something simple. I paid close attention for I knew that I would have to buckle it again soon.
I was defeated. And sweaty. But overall, I considered the day to be successful. As I drove them back home to a mother who can buckle a car seat and collapse a stroller with her eyes closed, I listened as oldest niece served as a teacher to youngest niece, asking her to help find hidden items in a book. All my failures washed away as I listened to their teamwork. I'm a lucky Aunt.