The down side is I quit my job. The up side? It meant I could have some much needed quality time with the family. I’d been missing having a day when no one worked, which now I have again, and it felt really, really good.
We decided to go to the park down by Beekee’s old school. He always loved that park but was never allowed to play there. Apparently that was the park the little kids got to go to, which I didn’t understand because it was awesome. The kids really loved it.
The biggest hit were the tractor tires. It was the first thing the kids played with when they got there and the last thing they played with before they left. They absolutely loved them, just as much as I remember loving them when I was a kid. Those were the secret reason I wanted to go to that park. The kids asked several times to play there, so the tires won out this week.
Sander had a ton of fun at the park. It seemed perfectly suited to him, with plenty of spots to climb on. If ever a park could suit a personality, this one would be it. He was able to sail like a pirate, climb on everything, and even found a wonderful little spot to lounge. He didn’t want to come home!
Everyone had a really good time, mostly because there was so much to do. There were a ton of other kids there, which definitely helped. There were so many people to play with. I think the kids really needed this social outlet with a new cast of characters. They’ve been seeing the same faces all the time, so new scenery and new kids to play with was definitely a win.
I think one of the biggest hits was the number of things there were to walk and climb across that moved. Luca nearly took a spill on this thing a couple of times, and Oz didn’t do much better. It was fun enough that they kept going over it until Luca, at least, seemed to pick up the skill for it.
We were down one family member because Corde had left to go to Rainbow Camp, which is fantastic for her. It’s her first week at an overnight camp, so she was thrilled about that, but maybe next time she can come with. This park definitely has one of her favorite things (most parks do), swings!
So, it kind of stinks that my job really wasn’t working out, but I think in the end something fantastic came out of it. We’re back to feeling whole as a family, something that definitely wasn’t the case when we weren’t ever all home together. Sometimes the sacrifice is well worth the outcome.