We went to the mall this morning, just to walk around.
If you go before any stores open, it's nice and quiet and empty. A great place to let little monkeys run around.
After the stores opened, Aliza wanted to look in a little toy store. It's right by some escalators. Which are basically an amusement park ride, as far as AJ is concerned. He did his imitation of a puppy (i.e., whining) and strained toward them, as I held hard to his hand.
Then I decided, what the heck. Stores had only been open for about 10 minutes. There was nobody around.
I told Aliza we were going to ride the escalator. I can see inside the toy store the entire time. So she can stay there and look at toys. I abandoned our stroller at the top of the escalator and took a boy by each hand, and we stepped onto the down escalator.
AJ squealed and laughed, as if we were on the rollercoaster. As we got close to the bottom I warned the boys -
"okay we're almost at the bottom, get ready."
And AJ looked down where the escalator stairs magically flatten out and disappear, and he waved said wistfully "buh- bye, stairs. buh-bye."
We turned around and went right back up. The "up" was just as exciting as the "down."
We rode the escalator ride three times, always watching the stairs disappear, waving and telling them "buh-bye, stairs!"
Seriously, could that kid BE any cuter?
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