(posting a few days late)
The first positive thing today was .. hitting the beach! As with last weekend, we decided to head to the coast, so we drove the 2 1/2 hours to just inside the Maine border. We took a bit more precaution this time than last, so there weren't any sunburns, and we had some good fun.
The second positive thing was sharing a blueberry muffin with Kian while the rest had some extra time at the beach. By the time we decided how to unload the gang to get to the beach we had two problems - all of the parking spots everywhere were full, and Kian was asleep. So I dropped the three others off at a nearby parking lot, and took Kian to another parking lot just over a mile down the road so he could nap. As these things happen, he woke up just as we were pulling out of the parking lot, so I headed off anyway and hung around for an hour, including stopping off at a small chocolatier 'n bakery for said muffin to share with Kian. Then I bundled him up in the stroller and headed off to join the others.
The third positive thing was keeping the kids awake on the drive home so that they'd all sleep well - it took a bit of coaxing, as Kian really wanted to fall asleep, but we made it. And, oh goodness, but did Kodiak need to go potty when we got home :-)