Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Parks and Recreation

My kiddos love going to the park. It's definitely one of their favorite places to go!

When Dylan started Pre-K in September, we began stopping by the local park after he got out of class at noon. It quickly became routine. We started going 2-3 times a week.

This park is awesome. It's small, but it has a basketball court and baseball field, in addition to the play equipment. We hardly ever run into another person, so we get the park to ourselves! While everybody else is at home eating, we play. Every so often, one of Dylan's classmates or a friend will meet up with us.

We love our park! We get to eat lunch, play baseball, ride bikes on the basketball court, and play...and we get to do it without worrying about other kids! I often get to read while the kids are playing on the play set. Score!!!

We had a long, cold, snowy winter. One of the worst we've had in many years. My kids would beg to stop at the park when we drove past. The sadness in their eyes, when I repeatedly told them that it was too cold or too slippery to play, broke my heart.

After three very long months (if not more!), I surprised the kids with a visit to the park today! It was like letting caged animals loose for the first time!

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Lexie was so excited that she even let me put pants on her, before I let her out of the car. Without a tutu. That's a BIG deal!

She ran for her favorite purple dinosaur.

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It was a bit chilly, but the sun was warm. (When I say chilly, I mean 55. I'm such a wuss!) I don't think they even noticed the chill. They were too busy rediscovering the fun things to do at the park.

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After about an hour of playtime, I had to drag Lexie out of the park. And I mean that literally. She never wants to leave. I promised that we would return on the next nice school day, and she seemed satisfied with that.

Dylan and Lexie kept talking about how much fun they had at the park today. It was the first thing they told their Daddy about their day. Looks like we're getting back into routine!

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They couldn't be any happier!

10 comments:

  1. That looks like such a fun park!! Those are the types of things that I miss out on by working.

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  2. We have getting outside too. Graham loves it!! Welcome Spring!!!

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  3. It looks like a great park! The two of must play so well together with all the pictures of the two of them. I hope for that when we add on to our family in the future.

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  4. Great pics Stef! THe kids look like they are having a blast. When school is out we walk up to the school about a mile up the road and play there or we go to North Park so if you're ever bored let me know and we can meet up. :)

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  5. cute. i haven't been out to parks since last summer...lol. Its too muddy and too cold for me.

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  6. I am so glad you all can get out and enjoy some nice weather. I know you all have had a lot of snow!! They are so sweet playing together.

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  7. Fun times! I miss going to the park too! We went last week, but it was still chilly. Soon...soon....!

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  8. its kind of funny to see her in jeans ;). Glad they had fun at the park, I can't wait to make that a weekly thing at our house!

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  9. Wow...that's so cool that you have your own personal park. How fun! Looks like your kiddos had a BLAST!!!

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  10. i see lexi wore the pink kitty boots

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