Jet lag and toddlers do. not. mix. Imagine Tea at his crankiest moment and repeat that episode nearly every 20 minutes for an entire day. To be fair, everything in his world totally changed and he lost half a night’s sleep, so we’re trying to go easy on him. But he’s playing with kids who don’t get that, and nor should they have to bear the brunt of the situation. So yeah. Challenging for everyone.
My AFS sister’s kids are adorable and Pia might have some competition – Tea seems to be smitten with 18-month old Ella. Lucky for Pia, Ella wants nothing to do with Tea’s repeated attempts at affection and this results in gut-wrenching screaming from both kids (see paragraph above).
Despite the lack of sleep, Tea’s already learning to ask 3 year-old-Hannah in Dutch to take turns with her toys. She’s as strong-willed and lovable as Pia and I’m going to request long-distance playgroup membership status for her and her sister.
At the playground, Tea was quick to teach the girls Pia’s “stomp on the woodchips we threw on the slide” trick from last week. It’s a global fad now – Pia is such a trendsetter!
We rounded out the day with a trip to local farms to buy fresh from the cow, unpasteurized milk (which I must say, is exquisite) and strawberries as big as Tea’s feet, a stop at a beer market with 600+ varieties for sale (how do we even begin to chose!?), a neighborhood walk to seek out ponies and sheep, and a delicious meal with our friends who we haven’t seen in 5 years.
Let me rethink this – maybe I should be sending playgroup a notice that we’re going to have to start meeting in Belgium from now on…