When I look at this photo of my soon to be 8-year-old I can see the teenager in her so clearly. I squeeze my eyes tightly shut before I allow myself to imagine the young adult and onward.
I want to grab a curl and smooch her nose while she’ll still let me…
Every summer for the past few we have been delighting the kids with the promise of an Adventureland visit at least once during the warm months. The love it so much and I know my husband gets a little thrill taking his children to a park that he used to go to as a child. It’s been pretty wild watching them grow literally on the rides each summer….starting out as little peanuts who barely made the height requirements for anything fun.
We did have a very scary incident on a ride one year and I am absolutely thrilled that definite changes have been made on that ride, I’m pretty sure, because of the concerns I raised. I feel very pleased about that and how everything was handled.
This summer’s visit was no different in that there was total enjoyment. What was different is that the little guys are now big guys meeting many of the height requirements enabling them to go on the some of the bigger rides without an adult chaperone…very exciting!
I love it when the twins seemingly bond with one another, and since the little one was too little to ride on the big rides without a parent they did seem to be together a lot and I was LOVING it!
Luckily the little one wasn’t too daunted as she had some good times with her dad.
No way was mom gonna walk around with soggy underpants all afternoon!!!
After 4 hours at the park we spent the next 5 hours at a BBQ. I love summer!!!!!!!
And I love big bro walking his sister out of the park…!
Is going to an amusement park part of your summer ritual?
I found this in my kindergartener’s backpack last week.
She said she was sad because one of her classmate’s wouldn’t sit next to her in art.
Though I hate to think of her sad, I just love how she used art to express feelings. I told art is one great way to get her feelings out!
Do your children ever draw how they feel?
Well I am thanking god that 2 out of my 3 children inherited their father’s athletic prowess because I am a big zero in the athletic department!
We are now into the fall soccer season which means our Saturdays are spent first with the kindergarten soccer team and the later in the afternoon with the second graders.
The weather yesterday was brilliant so I was more than happy to plant myself on the sidelines and play around with my fabulous camera and telephoto lens.
Really I could care less whether or not the kids excel at sports…or even play sports…as long as they are having fun…
Thankfully that seems to be the case…for now
Yesterday the kids had a play date and were pleasantly surprised to learn that they were going to create and work a lemonade stand.
This was thrilling for so many reasons on so many levels but mainly because a lemonade stand is just not doable on our street…where maybe one vehicle rolls down every two hours (don’t get me wrong…we love that!)
It was so adorable how the kids jumped up and down and screamed to try to get customers. As I sat and watched I had one of those “moments” and started to feel a little choked up….how the kids are so innocent and adorable and how time is passing by.
Also though I was struck with the kindness of everyday people. I mean people actually stopped their cars to get out and hand over a dollar for crappy lemonade…and some insisted on giving two dollars. The “buyers” engaged the kids in conversation and gave them a lot of positive reinforcement and kindness. It meant a lot to me and it’s a reminder that there are lots of great people in the world!
It was another memorable summer day and a time we will look back on fondly. My friend wrote about it too and has some cute pictures…check it out!
Have you ever done a lemonade stand with your children?