And Meg is still off school.
And Amy is off kinder.
And I went to work.
When I left this morning at 9:00 they hadn't decided what they wanted to do but the girls wanted a bento lunch so I made one for them all.
When I got home at 6:30 the girls were both asleep in the van and K was unloading bags. Considering neither of the girls regularly nap anymore I was a little worried.
Are they sick?
No. Probably just tired.
What did you do?
Turns out Meg had wanted to go to the park and Amy had wanted to go to the pool so instead of arbitering a decision K suggested they do both.
From 9:30 until 12 they were at the local park playing and watching the radio controlled car enthusiasts and eating their lunches.
Then they headed to the city pool.
Along with half of Matsumoto.
There were no spaces available in either of the carparks. Instead of pointing out this regrettable occurance and forcibly cheerfully heading for home and the paddling pool consolation prize K parked at the recycle centre over the road (the pool is heated by the recycle centre's incinerators) and schlepped all the pool stuff and two kids back to the pool.
Where they stayed for the next five hours. Really. And K didn't even swim a single lap. He spent the whole time following the girls around letting them choose the course of the day. Wow.
At 5:00 pm he said it was time to think about getting out of the pool.
After Meg had one last go in the lazy river.
And Amy had one more go in the wave pool.
And when Amy still didn't want to get out of the pool and the announcement went over that it was big wave time in five minutes instead of picking her up by the back of her bathers and hauling her off to the change rooms they stayed around for that, too.
So by the time they got out of their togs and back to the car it was 6:00pm.
And by the time they drove 30 minutes home both girls were asleep.
As I was getting Meg out of the car she mumbled at me that today was more fun than if it had been her birthday. Coming from a kid who spends a good half the year anticipating her birthday that's high praise indeed.
And all I can say is I'm not worthy. What a guy. I'm so impressed at the selflessness of giving up an entire day's holiday for the girls. I have been patting myself on the back if we spend an hour at the park somewhere during the day. And I usually choose 11:00am or 5:00pm because it's much easier to heard hungry kids to the car than otherwise.
But I'm not going to beat myself up too much because if we were both that accommodating of the girls' wishes we'd never get anything done and they'd be real monsters, right?
Well, that's what I'm telling myself anyway...