Ever since The Little Sis came along, I’ve tried to make a specific effort to spend plenty of alone time with The Big Sis — and that’s especially true now that The Little Sis has decided that we’re Siamese twins and never wants to be more than an arm’s reach away from me, as much of my attention naturally has to go to her. Honestly, I prefer to do the grocery shopping and errands by myself, but I almost always take The Big Sis with me when it’s my week (The Husband and I alternate weeks — he takes her as well), as this gives us a nice afternoon together. Most of the time we just do the grocery shopping and errands, but occasionally we’ll take the opportunity to grab some lunch or frozen yogurt together, which she always seems to enjoy.
We manage to have fun during errands and all, but I know there’s so much more she likes to do than grocery shopping, and we’ve had two great outings together in the past month or so. The first is that she and I went to a ski resort a couple hours away for some snow tubing on Presidents’ Day since we were both off school and work (and The Little Sis’ daycare was open). We had taken her snow tubing for the first time just after she turned 3, then The Husband took her again at the beginning of January, but I stayed home with The Little Sis since she’s still too young to go snow tubing. (But look out in a couple of years when she can join us! We will totally rock those hills.) The Big Sis loved it that first time, but she loved it even MORE when she went in January, so needless to say, she was super excited to find out I was taking her again when I told her the night before. We ended up having a pretty warm day (mid-60s), which sounds great in theory but it made the hills run slower, but we still had fun. (We just had to go in to cool off with apple juice instead of warm up with hot chocolate!) My little thrill-seeker was in adrenaline heaven on the hill that day.
Then more recently, The Big Sis and I woke up early on a Saturday morning and did the Color Me Rad 5K together. She had completed a two-mile run/walk with me when she was 3, so I thought she might be ready for a 5K, especially one that’s not particularly competitive and is set up to put the focus on fun. It was super cold, and we really had to layer smartly under our white clothes, but we managed to put the cold temps aside and rock the 5K. The Big Sis did amazing — we’d run for a while, walk for a while, run for a while, etc. — and each time it was time to run, she was most focused on who we could pass, and she’d offer instructions to me on how to do it (“Right there! Go around them on this side! Right now!”). And to think that I was expecting to have to carry her some at the end of the race — nope, not a bit. There were four color stations on the course, and she was timid through the first two and didn’t get much color on her, but she twirled through the remaining two, as well as the one at the finish line, in order to get more color on her. We hung around at the end for two or three color throws, but with just standing around, The Big Sis started getting too cold (did I mention it was 29 and we didn’t have coats on?) and we left soon after. It was a great time together, and hopefully an event she’ll remember for years to come.