In need of a change of scenery.. the kids and I set out yesterday on a new adventure. I wasn't quite sure where this path would take us.
We walked passed our usual haunts down by the river and kept on going. We crossed a beautiful rusty red bridge and headed to the other side.
When we reached our destination we found dozens and dozens of chickens awaiting us. We had made it to Old Town.. ALMOST!
The friendliest chickens around!
"Holy cow 'B,' look at all the chickens! I think my life is complete!"
-Molly (always the farm life enthusiast)
I didn't really have a plan. I knew a great park was nearby but not sure exactly how far away. So, we walked, and walked, and walked some more. We met many chickens along the way as well as some new friends. When began to close in on the "surprise" ahead, I let the kiddos out of the stroller to stretch those legs the rest of the trip.
As we reached the top of this hill the kids began to cheer with excitement.. you would have thought we had just hiked to Disney Land! They charged down the hill and went nuts for the new play ground we had found.
One of the things I'm loving about this age is the ability to truly remember! They recall people, places and experiences from weeks past. They love to talk about adventures we have had and the places we are going. The entire (very long) walk to this new park was full of chit chatter about what we might see/find when we arrived.
It was so fun.. not to mention a GREAT workout! ;)
Upon arrival, they were NOT disappointed...
They didn't waste anytime and hopped right on the new structure. Little Libs was the first to master the rock wall and became a cheerleader for the other three. It was so darling, it just melted my heart! She was shouting, "grab the handle Mo Mo, grab the handle Ally, pull up, pull up!!!"
"You got it girls, just a couple more inches to go!"
Next up, the swings! THEY LOOK SO GROWN UP!!
(L to R)
Russ, Ally, Molly and Libby
(in birth order!)
The kiddos have been BIG on the potty training this week. Even little man Russell pooped in the toilet!! It was VERY exciting... let me tell you!! With "potty" on the brain they aren't too happy when those diapers get full...
"Mommy, am I gonna have to change my own diaper or are you gonna help me out?"
Russell, living the THUG Life!
While we played our hearts out the chickens kept us good company. This rooster was a crowd favorite.
They didn't want to leave, naturally! We stayed and stayed. It was so nice to be out of the house. We were cooped up WAY too long with the sickies the last couple of weeks. The fresh air did wonders for all of us!
Me and Sweet Ally
Molly and Ally
Water Boy Russell
"I give this park a 10!"
Russ and Libby having their daily heart to heart
After a couple hours of hanging with the chickens, I convinced my four favorite peeps to hop back in the stroller. I knew the walk home would take about an hour and didn't want the melt downs to begin too far from home. I promised we would return again soon if THEY promised to be good on the ride home. They were eager to obey and off we went.
Look at those tired eyes!
(front to back)
Russ, Ally, Molly and Libby
The walk home was hysterical! They talked my ear off about the morning, all they had seen and all they had done. They could not wait to call daddy! They were giddy and so tired. It was one of those mornings that could not have been better.
When we got home we had lunch and then welcomed the sofa for "quiet time" and a movie. They have not been napping for months now. However, quiet time is what works for them and it works for me. It's enough of a "rest" to get them through dinner, bath, and then off to bed.
They jumped right into bed and slept like angels.. dreaming of the rooster, I'm sure. This morning they woke up and couldn't wait for our next big adventure! I have to admit, I felt the same way!