(Above: Perhaps the biggest celebrity Madelyn has yet to meet)
Our recap begins over the weekend as Madelyn, Tricia, and I went over to visit Grandpa Carlisle to wish him happy birthday. We were actually the last ones there (due to Madelyn’s nap), but plenty of dessert was still left, much to Madelyn’s enjoyment. She also got to spend time playing with Tricia’s cousin, Giorgi, which she loves so much that she tried to continuously shoo us away or bargain for “five more minutes” when we came to tell her it was time to leave :)
Later that day, we began our preparations for Chinese New Year by hanging up our dragon and lucky garland (pictured below).
(Mental note: we need lessons in ladder safety -- Madelyn loves to follow me up and she seems to have no fear of falling).
On Monday, Chinese New Year began, which Tricia already wrote about in our previous post. Madelyn WAS extremely excited to be able to show me the dragon she made with Tricia and proceeded throughout the day to randomly yell out “Happy Chinese New Year!” That night Madelyn had the opportunity to meet some new friends (for her) as the Brewer family came over during their trip here from Tennessee. It’s always fascinating when Madelyn encounters other kids for the first time at our house, as she typically will stake out her territory and determine what toys she will play with and what toys the other kids will be allowed to play with. Eventually, she will warm up and begin sharing her toys with everyone, which is how things ended up on this night, with Madelyn enjoying baking cookies with Emma, legos with Liam, and just staring in awe at Benjamin (she LOVES babies).
On Tuesday, we spent the evening doing errands. I had the joy of taking Madelyn to Costco and Bed, Bath & Beyond. In Costco, we marveled at the display of big TVs showing The Lion King (“Grandma has that movie!”) and, of all things, a pair of toilets for sale (“That’s quite a potty chair”). All the while, Madelyn took her duty of “official Costco card holder” very seriously and clutched it tightly throughout the store. While waiting at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Madelyn met the green M&M in the picture at the top and was enraptured by her for the rest of the time we were there (it didn’t hurt that this display housed 100’s of bags of M&M’s in it, all of which Madelyn wanted to open).
Madelyn and I then met up with Tricia at Bridgeport Village. While I tried on some jeans, Madelyn managed to get herself stuck in a chair by trying to slide out the back, thus solidifying her status as a Palmer ;) It took three of us to extract her from the chair, if you count the nervous store employee who was supervising the crisis. I really wanted to get a picture of this, but didn’t have it in my heart to tell Madelyn to just stay there stuck while I take pictures. I was later reminded that it is sort of a Palmer family tradition to take pictures of such incidents when Tricia’s cousin dug out the infamous picture of Tricia’s brother with his head stuck in a porch railing:
With a crisis averted, we went out to for a family dinner at Native Foods (all vegan!). Madelyn examined the kid’s menu and confidently ordered the mac & cheeze. She also thanked the waiter several times as he gave her constant refills for her lemonade. During dinner, we gave Madelyn her red envelope with lucky money for Chinese New Year.
While she was very excited about the envelope, the money was quickly tossed aside (I’m guessing that won’t happen much in the future). Actually, she was MOST excited about the two lucky oranges we gave her. After dinner, we took Madelyn to the Friends of the Children bookstore and let her pick out as many books as she wanted to buy with her lucky money. She was an excellent shopper - we came out with a complete 16-volume set of “On My Way with Sesame Street” books!
- Troy Olson, 2012