i took leyton on an adventure on saturday. he wasn't thrilled about it at first. i picked him at around 11 & told him we were going on an adventure & he rolled his little almost-8-year-old eyes at me & sighed heavily.
"can't we just go to gramma's?"
*whine* "ugh, i just wanna go to gramma's." *pause* "what kind of adventure?"
"well, first we have to do some errands - the bank & coffee & another stop, and then, surprise!"
"all of that sounds boring."
"well, you have your iPad, if you're bored you can just play on that."
now, happily, through that whole conversation he wasn't really throwing attitude, he was just doing the "all i want to do is play my games" thing, which i totally get & it didn't upset me that he was acting like that, because again, he wasn't being disrespectful or anything. i just felt the need to point that out because if you don't know him, that conversation sounds super bratty & the brat-o-meter was only about 1/2 mast. LOL
we went to the bank & starbucks (he got a cake pop & was happy w/ that!) & then i needed to stop at ulta for some lotion & spritzy stuff. we pull into the lot & leyton, who had been quietly munching on his cakepop to this point as we circled the parking lot, said, "ugh! i hate old navy!" (how can you hate old navy? that store is awesome!) i told him we weren't going to old navy & he perked up. he wasn't thrilled w/ the ulta thing, but then i remembered i had a treat for him in my purse, so i pulled out a small bit of bribery. : )
it worked, but was really unnecessary. this is probably true of most kids, but once leyton gets out of the funk/tude & lets himself HAVE FUN, he does have fun. in fact, i grabbed the things i needed quickly & HE is the one who was smelling all the soaps & lotions & stuff & making me smell them, too. *grin* i was amused!
then it was off to the adventure portion of our adventure! i told him he'd have a little time to play on the iPad as we traveled. it's not TOO far away - like 15 minutes from my house, really, but it's on the interstate and it is ...
the I-80 Truckstop, which happens to be the WORLD'S LARGEST TRUCKSTOP, according to the sign. : ) when we pulled off the exit, leyton exclaimed excitedly, "oh! this place! i remember this place!" it was definitely a good place for an adventure! : )
we explored & ate lunch & bought girl scout cookies & bought a tube of army men & had a very fun couple of hours!! : )
and then we went to gramma's & ate popcorn & played w/ the army men & when gramma came home, leyton proudly pointed out that we didn't turn the TV on at all! (*laugh* which amused me because i'm so used to NOT having the TV on, i don't even think of it unless i'm over there specifically TO watch something - like football. how long til football season is back??!!)
i think for our next adventure, we'll go to the bass pro shop that has a bowling alley... *grin*