Now that school has started and we don't have the convenience of a park right next to school like we did at kinder, us mum's have to find alternate reasons to get together for a good old chin wag...gossip...skinner - whatever you call it.
Last Wednesday was Amanda's birthday so the mum-gang got together at the Warren Glen Garden Centre to help her celebrate...and catch up on the gossip.
The morning started out really well...the weather was gorgeous...Sunshine didn't have to go to school because of a swimming gala...and being a Wednesday the little man also didn't have school. So I piled them in the car and started out to the unknown.
I've complained about Mr TomTom before sending me to places I didn't ask to go, but he seemed to be co-operating ok. But the co-navigator wasn't... she was holding onto Mr TomTom and turned the volume down...so while I knew the general direction I was going (I'd been to another party that way the weekend of the 11th) I missed a turn. Only realising then that Mr TomTom's co sat-nav-in-the-human-form had the volume right down...and only also because one of the other mum's stopped next to me in the correct lane at the traffic lights!
So a quick turn-a-round and we were back on track.
Now a garden centre doesn't sound like a place to go to for a meal, but garden centre's these days aren't like they were in the "olden days". Garden centre's were places you went and bought plants. And compost...and plant pots...and weed killer. Nowadays they are more like botanical gardens! With cafe/restaurants! And gift shops! And somewhere for the kids to play! Ducks to feed!
None of this row upon row of the same boring plants with nothing interesting to look at while your parents spent hours looking at 1000's of plants and deciding on a measly few.
Even those are a thing of the past. Now the items for sale are gorgeously placed and very appealing to the eye. I guess kids these days still think plant shopping is boring, but at least it's more appealing to the eye and there is something to keep them entertained.
Even if one of them has an accident while playing and comes home with a nice big shiner! Even the dads at school the next day were impressed ;-)
And I fired the co-navigator!