I've struggled lately to do things that I know Joony will love. He just gets too excited, and then he ends up hurting himself or throwing a massive tantrum when we leave and it gets me so flustered and exasperated that I swear I'm never taking him to a fun activity for the rest of his life. I want to be an adventurous mom, though, and I want him to have memories of us doing fun things together.
All that to say, I made a game plan for the inevitable tantrum (which mostly consisted of: stay calm, deep breaths, and then hurry up and GTFOOT when it's time) and went anyways. Of course, we ended up having a blast, and it was warm enough outside (35*!) to stroll around the huge, empty parking lot for a while once we were done inside. That fresh air felt good...and of course, he threw a tantrum once it was time to get back in the car, but I kept my cool, followed the plan, and hit Jamba Juice on the way home. Afternoon success!