Thursday, April 18, 2013

Two New Parks in Two Days!

       I didn't end up writing an entry for yesterday because I had no pictures and there wasn't much to say about our day.  Ian stayed with his grandmother most of the day working on yards and cleaning. While he was gone the younger two stayed in their PJ's and played Lego's-- for HOURS.  We finally cleaned up and got dressed around 2 (when Ian came home) and headed to a local public school to meet up with some friends.  We hadn't been to this particular playground yet and the boys had so much fun.  They played outside in the fresh air with their friends (and many "stranger" kids too) for almost 2 hours.  They ran, jumped, climbed, shot baskets, etc.  It was a wonderful way to spend our afternoon: enjoying and learning about the benefits of fresh air, developing gross motor skills,  and using their social skills.  After dinner the boys were all anxious to go back outside and so my husband took them fishing.   Ian practiced taking his own fish off of the hook (something mom can not do!).  They were all tuckered out from all the fresh air and it was a nice quiet night.
     We woke this morning and immediately started packing the car and our lunches to meet up with our homeschool group, at what was, another new park for us.  While waiting to leave all of the boys played Lego's and trucks.  We stopped at the library to drop off some books and movies and pick up some new ones.  We listened to our Magic Treehouse books in the car and enjoyed the sunshine and story.   It finally felt like spring in New England!   We knew that this park had swings, a playground, a place for bikes, basketball hoops and sand but other than that we weren't sure what to expect.  We were there almost 30 minutes early and were the first family to show up.  Ian started shooting hoops and I was impressed to see that he got most of his shots to go through the hoop.  The two younger boys headed right for the climbers and started climbing webs, going down the slides and trying out all those fun little nooks and crannies kids playgrounds have.   We weren't sure how many people would come to play, but tons of families showed up; a few of whom we hadn't met before.  That didn't stop all the kids from playing together though.  It's always nice to meet new friends and I find we meet more people now that we're homeschooling than we ever did when the boys were in school.  We played for well over 2 hours and if the sun had stayed shining or the wind had died down I'm sure we would have stayed even longer.    The boys rode bikes. climbed, slide, swung, ran and made up games to play with all the other kids. 



       We headed home for some hot cocoa once all the other families had left.  We weren't even finished unpacking the car when my oldest son started complaining he's bored.    allowed them to pick out a library movie and they all decided to watch some more of the Liberty's kids series until we headed out for a fun family night of haircuts, errands and dinner out.  While we wouldn't normally call haircuts and errands "fun" it seemed extra special tonight since Daddy was getting out of work early and joining us.  This made it seem like an extra special treat to the boys. 

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