The day began with Mimi and Kuri waking up normal time, which meant both Sumie and I had to be up as well. At what age do kids learn the concept of sleeping in on weekends?
The sale on bedding was fantastic, but the scheduling at the picture studio was abysmal. Though we had an appointment, there was still over an hour wait. "We're running on baby time" was the explanation. To me, that's a creative way of saying "We overbooked so you'd have to stay here and shop." Despite the wait and the hungry kids, the pictures came out well, thanks to a photographer who is far better at getting my kids to cheer up than I am.
Here's a shot of Kuri and Mimi. Kuri, of course, has his ever-present burp-cloth in hand.
After dinner we had one last stop to make. Mimi and Kuri, despite the late hour, handled themselves wonderfully. I was a proud papa.
As a result of the past few years, starting with my year long stint as a stay-at-home dad, I've acquired the moniker of "Captain Domestic." I cook, fold laundry, handle the finances, take the kids out on my own on call weeks, change diapers, wake everyone up in the morning and tuck them in at night. If that weren't enough, I work in education, designing learning materials for kids. Yes, I think I've earned my title.
Still, there are times when this domestic gentleman needs to cut his apron strings and rejoin the ranks of the hairy chested and grunting species to which he belongs. As readers of this blog may have guessed, I'm not a typical guy's guy. I'm not into sports, I'm not a gym rat, and I don't play poker. I do, however, love - nay, adore - cars.
On the first Sunday of every month, there's is a "Cars and Coffee" gathering a few miles away from my home. It's chance for locals to take out their classic, unique, or tuned cars and commune with like minded souls. 8:00am is a bit early for me on a Sunday, but having missed the last one, I had to make it. I'd hoped to bring Mimi with me, but (sadly?) she was till asleep when I left.
I arrived about 8:15, a little late but still part of the early crowd.
P.S. Many thanks to Paige Gaines for the photos of the cars (including mine) I "borrowed" for this post.