So this year, as the kids get bigger...somehow the play-place at Chick-Fil-a and trips to Chuck-E-Cheese sadly are not getting the squeals I was used to...then it hit me...MY KIDS ARE GETTING BIGGER. While I enjoy skee-ball, Charlie and Theresa are looking for bigger challenges. ...and with that mind, it was time for me to put on the magic creative hat and find some new adventures. Luckily for me, I have a strong cache of friends who are always sharing ideas....and this past weekend, we went ROLLERSKATING!!!
It was fun and though at first they both were excited...when we got out on the floor, the reality that the only thing between them and hard floor was 4 pieces of rubber and a bad judgment in balance, they both got a little apprehensive....but I urged them to keep at it. I skated with them both, giving the finer pointers of push and roll. By the time we left...they both were asking when we could come back. ....it's just a matter of sticking with it, as I said.
We also have gotten in to Kiting...while Theresa likes the single line type, I picked up a sport kite with 2 lines that can do loops and crazy figure 8's for Charlie and I....while the wind at the park didn't really cooperate with us 100 percent, we had a great time and I brought some foam gliders in the bag of stuff as well so the kids launched them off the side of the hill at Mt. Trashmore on a bright Sunday afternoon.
As the weather breaks here in the 7 Cities and we get ready for another spring, I look forward to seeing you out and about...STAY FROSTY, PEOPLE!!!
This weekend, I took the kids out to Smithfield to see the infamous 110 Year old cured ham....Theresa now 6, and Charlie 8...they were 'ready'....and so was I.
The thing about taking the kids to a 110 year old Ham owned by Mr. P.D. Gwaltney, which, now lays in repose within the Smithfield Cultural Museum is that you have to understand a couple of things:
1. The trip and the pictures are for YOU...not them...don't make it about them because it's not.
2. Once you see a 110 year old ham (as I explained with a dewy eye to my children), you have witnessed the only genius that remains freighted inside a glass cube that has stood the test of time as testament to the last of the greatest inventions known to man...bacon.
3. Once you see a 110 year old ham; you cannot un-see it!
The kids were back from Disney for their trip with their Mommy and "Dad II" after the wedding...so, it went without saying we had a lot of catching up to do! They told me about their favorite rides at Disney....Space Mountain and The Star Wars ride at MGM.
We went to the park for some fun and had a nice ride around the neighborhood. They were only gone for about 5 days, but, if I go much longer than 2 on any occasion (and you parents know)...you start pacing the house wondering what the heck to do with yourself. Thankfully, they were in a playful mood and there was much fun.
Video of our welcome back bike ride and park fun.
Despite the ultra hipness I exude (thats a joke), at the heart, I am a big soft-ee for kids...and mine are the reason I kept it together when I didn't want to...got better when many said I could not...and continue to make every day an adventure. I say to them "it's always great to see your smiling face"...and so it is only appropriate that one of the songs that makes me think of them most is James Taylor's classic "Your smiling Face"....
To all the parents out there...parents yet to be...and those who have become parents unto themsevles...it is great to be amongst you and thank you for the countless reminders to 'take more pictures, get more video...don't miss it".....I listened! :)