Tuesday was our day in the cities. The morning was spent in Bible study and then the boys ate and watched a movie at church while I met with a friend. They did very well and with a little help from Annie, the church secretary and one who faithfully prays for my boys, we were able to talk for an hour without interruption. After three hours at the church I decided they needed a bit of activity, so off we went to the Mall of America to experience the Amazing Mirror Maze (resulting from a Groupon purchase) and to visit the Lego store.
The maze was a bit intimidating at first in thought. We attempted a corn maze once and were very tired and ready to be done before we found our way out, so the thought of being trapped in a maze of mirrors with five children who might be tired or need to make an emergency trip to the bathroom is a bit daunting. But in spite of not being reassured that someone was inside who could help us out if needed, we plunged ahead after we all donned gloves that could have fit all six of us at the same time in order to keep fingerprints off the mirrors. (What a terrible task to have to clean all those!) The maze was amazing and to see twenty of my children at the same time cannot be described or adequately pictured. Isaac said it was a little scary, but they all explored the maze eagerly though anxiously. Only once were the instructions to keep your hands out in front forgotten and they were soon brought back to memory when Jack smashed his nose into a mirror causing a temporary pause in the fun. Over and over you could hear them say, “Is that the real you?” or “I didn’t think that was the real you, I thought you were over there.” We actually found our way to the end of the maze rather quickly and they weren’t ready to go, so we turned around to get lost again and find our way out once more.
Coming out of the maze was more disorienting than being in it. We kept feeling like we were about to walk into a mirror and it took a good ten minutes for this feeling to pass. On the way to the Lego store we passed a set of escalators that were side by side, so standing watch at the top with Sebastian in the stroller I watch the older four descend and reascend all on their own.
The Lego store was not crowded for a change and we spent the better part of an hour there, the boys playing on the computer and asking if they had enough allowance to buy this or that item. Sebastian played at the mini figure station, stacking Lego heads together and attempting to throw the heads back into the hole that was just out of reach and then chasing them across the floor when he missed. We managed to leave without buying anything. The boys were happy with their new copies of the Lego magazine to look at, which I apparrantly should have waited to give them once we reached the car. I did not wait however, and this is how we looked walking through the mall to get to the car. Amazingly, we didn’t run into anyone.
The ride home was blissfully quiet as three children slept and the other two buried their heads in their magazines. We arrived home just after Adam and in time to fix supper.