My dad got a wild hair up his bum and decided we should take a little overnight road trip to go flea-marketing. Flea-marketing is something we have always enjoyed, and add a bonus overnight stay and who can resist, right? So, we packed up our gear, headed out early Saturday, well early for us that is, and hit the road for some fun. We actually didn't travel all that far from home, just a few hours at best, but part of the adventure was letting Piper enjoy staying in a hotel room, her second time only for such a treat. While this time we weren't in a five star joint, it was still fun to watch her light up with the prospect of being somewhere completely new. And surprisingly, she also handled the driving pretty well.
We have yet to take on her on any long trips for fear she would act like a wholly terror in the car. You just never know what a toddler is capable of while on the road until you try, so this was also a test to see if she would enjoy the car ride, scenery, eating out, and behave in an acceptable fashion as to not make us want to leave her at the nearest truck stop. Needless to say, she was a little angel the whole time!
She never complained during the whole trip, even when eating out she acted relatively respectable. We've had a few issues lately where we've tried eating out at times when she was just too worn down, and we ended up having to get our food to go. I am not one of those parents that will just sit there and let my child throw a fir or cry while others are trying to enjoy their dining experience. It's my responsibility to remove the tired toddler from the restaurant and just suck it up. It's par for the course when you have a little one and you can never predicted when a smile can turn into a very loud complaint, which usually stems from exhaustion, teething, bad timing, etc.
|She did not eat like this for a change!
After eating, we went to the hotel room for the night as the flea markets in the area close at 5 and we didn't have time to shop until the next day. Piper loved staying in the hotel room. She especially enjoyed being rolled back and forth across the floor and spun in circle in the desk chair. This was like her own little amusement park ride. She also did very well using the big potty, yay! We ran off an forgot her potty chair, but luckily I keep a padded one that fits on big potties for public restroom use in her diaper bag. She used it like a pro all weekend and actually took her first poop in the big potty, a feat that I am very proud of!
|Working on her first big-potty poop!
|Nothing is sacred around these parts!
|Telling us all about it!
|Even when she poops she's adorable!
After breakfast, we hit our first flea market. We decided it would be best to keep Piper in her stroller as flea markets can have a lot of breakable items laying around, along with a lot of sharp and dangerous tools, but she didn't mind being cooped up. She enjoyed all the sights and people watching, and people admiring her, too. This first market is where we found her a few children's books, one of which was from my childhood and I could not remember the name, only the exotic artwork of strange birds. I had actually been ransacking my brain for over a year or so trying to find or remember the title to this book. Low and behold I pulled it right out of a massive collection of books in one booth. It's in horrible condition, but for $1 I purchased it anyway and can now search for a better copy online since I have the title and author. It was kismet, for sure!
We also found Piper an awesome purple Hobby Horse, which she adores! And for myself, I have this desire to discover odd and/or old board games. As luck would have it, I found one title Awkward Family Photos board game. Oh yeah! It was still in it's plastic wrapping and I cannot wait to play it with my nieces next time they stay over.
|Totally freaking awesome, right?!
|Sleeping with her new Hobby Horse!
Besides the clothes, I also found Piper an adorable hand-painted wooden and wicker kids chair. She loves her new chair and drags it around the house. She also likes to sit backwards in it and topple over backwards on purpose. She definitely knows how to amuse herself. I'm thinking we got something else, but for the life of me I cannot remember what, which means it probably was not mine or Piper's. But all in all, I was very happy we decided to stop at this shop as it was a hidden gem!
|You can barely see the chair, but she is sitting on it!
And as for now, I'm wrapping up this adventure so that I may be ready to write about the next one occurring tomorrow...the Pumpkin Patch! It's the same one we visited last year, which you can read about in my post Pumpkins, Pig Races, and Hayrides...Oh My! It was a great adventure last year, but this year Piper can walk! I imagine she will be running wild and I'll be snapping pics. We're taking her cousins Larkin and Haven with us. In addition, my friend is going to be there with her family and little boy who is about a year older than Piper. I imagine they are going to have so much fun together as Piper very rarely gets to play with kids her own age. So definitely stay tuned for that post, as it should be a awesome!
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And if you stuck with everything, here are a couple more pics of Piper with her new Hobby Horse taken at home!
|She's a cutie-patootie!