This morning was a frigid 23 degrees, and I needed to run some errands. One of them took me a little off the beaten path- up to Wegman's in Warrington. I shop there occassionally to get N some GF products, but it's not a regular stop.
This morning I ran through the parking lot clutching K to me, trying to get out of the cold as quickly as possible. As I stepped through the doors of the "Market", warmth surrounded me. The air was fragrant with all sorts of delicious aromas, like roasting chicken, baking bread, and brewing coffee. I steered my cart around various stations were employees were busily working on preparing food.
As I went by the bakery, the muffins caught my eye. There was a sign that advertised "Fresh Muffins! Made Here Daily!" Apparently they caught K's eyes too, as she eagerly pointed and cried,"Gukkie! Gukkie!" (which is her word for any baked good) I paused, and sensing my weakness she asked, "My Gukkie?". "Why not?" I thought. I had always been intrigued by the seating area that was a floor up, and overlooked the"Market".There was an inviting patio feel to it, and I have wanted to try it out.
So, I grabbed a couple of muffins and bought a cup of coffee before heading upstairs. My first instinct was to sit right next to the railing,
where we could get a good view of what was going on, but then I noticed a section that had "small children" written all over it. There were child sized tables along with regular ones, a train table, and a tv with Playhouse Disney on. There was only one other mom there, so I chose a table and I settled us in, giving K her muffin and cup. As K stuffed chunks of muffin in her mouth, she kept giving me grins, completely delighted with herself for sitting in a "big" chair, and the good fortune of eating her "gukkie". I devoured my muffin and the rest of hers, as they were absolutely delicious. As K finished up, I noticed the plentiful seating options that included couches and tables, as well as attractive plants and other decorative touches.
The only thing I would have changed was where I chose to sit- I probably should have gone for that balcony seat since K wasn't really interested in the TV or trains. It was a great option to have (especially if I had the older kids with me) but since it was just me and K, I probably would rather have sat somewhere that "Handy Manny" wasn't playing in the background.
That being said, it was delightful to spend time one on one with KK. I had so many of these moments with E, since she and I would go on daily shopping trips. But with K, I am not usually alone with her, and even if I am, I don't usually take time to sit and get a little treat with her. I just want to get all my errands done when I have the chance to do it with only one kid. It was fun to see her enjoying herself and I regretfully warned her that it was time to go. She immediately protested with a plaintive, "No..." which got more forceful as I kept insisting. After a few of these exchanges, I finally started to clean up her spot and she reacted by throwing her muffin crumbs across the table with a screech, "NOOO!". Ah well, we need to work on her reaction to unpleasant news.
All in all, it was a great break that left me feeling refreshed and energized the rest of my day. I am already planning another trip back there next Thursday morning after I drop off N at school. Anyone care to join me?