We’ve been in our “new” home for nearly a year. We live within 40 minutes of our entire family on both sides, (except my sister, she’s an hour away). We see my parents every Friday (date night), and every Sunday, (Sunday family dinner).
My father in law usually visits us once a week. Some days I get a chance to take a solo trip to the grocery store. Other days, we all go out together. We have our favorite parks we frequent, but we know there are several more to explore. We just have to find them.
Yesterday he visited, but he decided to try a different route to get to our place. His phone ended up taking him to an empty field. As he was finding his way to our house, he stumbled upon a playground. From there, he eventually made it to us. It turns out, he was 20 minutes out of the way. Thanks Google Maps!
We decided to have an adventure and go back to the park he found.
My girl has never been a very social person. Usually when we go to a park, she plays by herself and she’s as happy as a clam. On occasion, she’ll latch on to an older kid and float in their bubble for as long as they’re willing to let her.
Today there was a little girl about her age. Miss Z didn’t say a word, but they hit it off right away. The girl was chatty enough for the both of them.
Then it happened. The girl’s mom started to leave. So, in the middle of playing, she ditched. Not even a “good-bye,” (I suppose she is only 4).
Z was crushed. She didn’t understand why she had to go. In true toddler form, she asked “why?” repeatedly. Finally she gave up, and started playing by herself. As she usually does. It was a sad moment for me because she was having such a great time, then she was shot down right before my eyes. I know this happens all the time. This was just the first time I experienced it with my kid.
As for my little guy, he was fixated on that lovely lake. He is a full-on sprinter when it comes to getting into any form of water.
Grandpa and I took turns catching him before he got soaked. Each time, he had a huge fit. Then he would try again. A two year old on a mission is no joke. He was so incredibly strong and squirmy! At least I got a good workout in! We’ll certainly go swimming in the lake soon. But when we do, we’ll have swim suits, life jackets for the kids, and
a shit ton of sunscreen. Both kids had a fantastic time, but they each got to experience their own version of the ‘Playground Blues.’ They certainly don’t always get their way, but in this particular case, it was magnified for both of them.
There are so many places to visit and discover in our area and it was great to get a reminder! I’m so thrilled to have found this place! So I’ll say it again, Thanks Google Maps!!
Do you like to venture out and explore new parks with your kids? Have you been to all of them in your area?