We stayed at the Courtyard on campus because they have an awesome breakfast (oatmeal bar, made-to-order eggs, etc.) and the hotel is run by UD students in the Hotel & Restaurant Management program, so they operate like their grades depend on it. By the way, you don't have to stay at a Courtyard to eat there for breakfast. Waffle maker, crispy bacon, and did I mention the omelet chef?
After breakfast we dropped Steve off and hit Goodwill on Main Street for stocking sweaters and baby clothes. I think I bought 10 things for $28. That's zero change because there is no sales tax in Delaware. Sigh. Too bad I forgot about Total Wine, and it was too early for cupcakes.
Next we went to Sparkles Bead Shop where I used to teach jewelry classes and ended up leaving part of my heart when I moved to Virginia. Olivia sat in the stroller and was SO good while I shopped and visited with Connie and Charlene. Some jewelry people (like these guys and Cheryl) have become dear friends and it's so nice to catch up with them.
Jake's. It's the best burger under the bun. Then we went to our friends Stephanie & Nick's house so we could meet their adorable and sweet Sully! He was born a month after Olivia but we haven't seen each other all year.
Too soon it was time to pick Steve up and head home. I realized a few things after our trip...
- Livi pretty much went two days without good naps and there were no meltdowns. She rubbed her eyes a lot, but she was sweet until the very end. I'm going to try not to abuse that knowledge in the future.
- OJ ate solids somewhere other than her high chair, something I am usually too lazy to initiate. I'll probably still be climbing in the back seat to give her a bottle during a road trip when she's 4. I sat her forward in her carseat, pulled a bib out of the diaper bag, and spoon fed her cold purees from the jar.
- I actually miss Delaware. While living there I made the best of it although it was busy and didn't feel like home, and it grew on me more than I realized. And not just because there was a Trader Joe's. Some of our closest friends there have moved away, but I'm glad to have seen some of the ones who are still there. And we can always go back to visit and shop!