i've been fighting a cold all week. yesterday was the first day i began to feel like myself. so the kids and i packed a lunch and headed to the denver zoo. the traffic started slowing down about a mile from the zoo. i couldn't figure out what was happening, but surely, it couldn't be the zoo park lot was causing that slow down. i took a different route and got to the parking lot much faster than those suckers waiting on colorado blvd. and then began the search. we drove and we drove and we drove and we drove. we drove behind the zoo, to the natural history museum, through the zoo parking lot. and had i not been planning on meeting heather and rle for lunch, i would have given up. it was fun to discuss the whole event with the kids, explaining to them the etiquette of parking lots. i think had i had whiny 4 and 7 year olds in the car, it would have been much different. but a 13 and 10 year old are much more interested in the process. we'd talk to people in the nicest of ways, encouraging them to leave soon. we'd find a spot, only to notice that someone else had been waiting. how did we know this? it's all a part of the fine art i told the kids... you have to be observant and yet polite. there was this one row of parking i kept getting a good vibe about and told the kids to watch that row. sure enough, we were the only ones on that particular row and HOUR later and we saw the leaving party. i rejoiced, gave them the universal sign for "are you leaving?" got the universal sign for "yes, would you like our spot?" gave back the universal sign for "HECK YES!" and patiently parked my patootie there to wait. we evil eyed a few others who felt they might have come upon a lucky parking spot, we talked about how you have to position yourself to show you are in charge of that spot. we waited and waited whilst the stroller got loaded, the kids buckled in, and then the blessed moment came. a tiny little corvette saw the backup lights and turned the corner quickly, but the leave-ee was watching out for me and made sure she was between me and the corvette and voila, i was in! oh my, what a process. but we made it and my kids learned a lot. and i was really quite nice.
and i leave you with a layout i did for the HMITM challenge and the Pub Ad Inspiration. ethan loves it, thinks the rub ons are very clever :)