The last few nights at our house have been rough. Liam is teething again, and Benjamin was having strange (and apparently unpleasant) dreams about Elmo and Grover being at our house, which had something to do with us having to move. So, we were ALL up a lot the last few nights. I managed to sleep in a little bit this morning (thank you Dan) but it was still one of those weird days where I can’t quite seem to get anything to happen the way that I want it to and I somehow make it to 4:30 in the afternoon without having done any of the things I intended to get done.
It being Friday, this concerned me less than it might have on another day (because having one of “those days” at the end of the week doesn’t tend to spiral into the following days, thus leading to one of “those weeks”). But still, I wanted to at LEAST get my walk in for the day, so around 4:30 this afternoon I started to get the kids changed, dressed and out the door for a walk. We made it out by 5:00, Dan was due home by 5:45 and I was wondering if it wasn’t just a silly thing to try to accomplish with my day.
I’m really glad we went. I walked, Liam rode in the stroller and Benjamin rode his bike. It was chilly, but really lovely — we made it out in time to still have a little sunlight to enjoy the beauty of Vienna. I didn’t get a lot of exercise in — Benjamin was easily distracted today, and the dark was closing in quickly — but I really enjoyed a nice time out with my boys.
Heading back, we came through Michaelerplatz. It was just getting to be dusk, and the chilly air was starting to creep in. We went past Starbucks, and I couldn’t resist — I took the boys in for hot chocolate (really, just for me and B, Liam just got a little whipped cream). We sat outside and watched evening come on. It got darker in the square — the carriage drivers lit their lamps, the cars and bicycles turned on their headlights, and the streetlights came on, one after the other, in front of the Spanish Riding School. Benjamin proudly carried, and drank, his hot chocolate all by himself.
We sat, and talked about our day. I wrestled Liam (who desperately wanted to get down and walk around on the cobblestones). Dan got home and walked down to meet us. I love these moments with my kids — when we share something completely ordinary, yet very special. Going “to a cafe” (as Benjamin explained it) and having hot chocolate, together, on a chilly fall day, is pretty special. Doing it in the heart of Vienna makes it magic.