Thursday, August 25, 2011

Splash Pad

The Summer is quickly coming to a close and we are trying to squeeze in as many family activities as we can before school starts. Since I was an invalid all Summer long we didn't get to do as much as we did last year like the Aquarium or Sesame Place. We had hoped to squeeze in a quick trip to Storyland in NH since it's so close, but there is just too much on our plate these days.

Ian had an unexpected day off today so we headed out to our local Splash Pad at Nelson Park. Since we live in my hometown, I have so many childhood memories of this place. This particular park is where I played Youth Soccer.

The park was recently renovated and, unfortunately, my childhood soccer field is now a parking lot, but it was worth it for the amenities that they added. Besides the Splash Pad, they have also added covered benches, a walking path and better access to the beach. There are two playgrounds next to the Splash Pad, one for older kids and one for toddlers, and a snack bar that serves ice cream. There are also restrooms which always seem to come in handy with toddlers!

Jacob ran around screaming like a banshee the whole time we were there and trying to make friends. He goes right up to other kids, squats down in front of them and stares up at them smiling like, "Hey? Wanna be my friend? Let's go play!", but since he doesn't really talk yet most kids just look at him funny and walk away. Someday buddy....

Grace wasn't really into the fountains and preferred splashing in the puddles and following her brother around like a little puppy dog. This girl ADORES her big brother and I just hope they remain this close as they get older.

After the Splash Pad we sat at the picnic tables and decided to buy the kids an ice cream. This was their first experience with an ice cream since they have only really had bites of ours. Jacob isn't a big fan of sweets and proceeded to dump his on the sidewalk as soon as I handed it to him. That was $2.25 in the trash. Grace absolutely LOVED hers and devoured it. I am not sure if it was the ice cream itself or if it was the fact that it was a DORA ice cream bar, but she was covered from head to toe when she was done. Ian had to take her back to the fountains to wash it all off her legs!

We're hoping to squeeze a few more outings in before Fall like the Zoo and maybe another day at the Splash Pad if there is a warm day in September. Jacob goes back to school the 6th, but only goes Tuesday, Thursday and Friday so maybe we can catch a warm day on a Monday or Wednesday when all the other kids are back in school and it isn't as busy!

We're off to the Pediatrician tomorrow (AGAIN!) for Eli's one month appointment and flu shots for Jacob and Grace. With Jacob in Pre-K now, and a newborn in the house, I am not taking any chances this Winter! I can't wait to see how much Eli weighs and I know for a fact he is much bigger. His face is filling out and he is starting to get some chub on him! I will try and update tomorrow on how the appointment went. After that it is bracing for Hurricane Irene and hoping she misses us!

I leave you with a couple pics of Eli and one last pic of Jacob and Grace. Ignore the scabs on Eli's face. I cut his nails every few days, but when this kid is hungry he takes it out on his face!!!

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