When I am on vacation, I am acutely aware that I live differently. I don’t mind driving to a restaurant, a museum, a park, etc. I don’t mind “wasting time”. I don’t mind letting myself and my kids indulge in (less than healthy) treats. I don’t mind weather that isn’t just right…
…we might say that I am more flexible.
So today I found myself in a dilemma: I had nothing planned. I had no where to be. We had no family appointments. I was aware that we all needed an adventure though. Post-vacation, I had imposed a bit of “family lock down” to get us back into our routine. We hadn’t gone out to dinner or on any outings in two full weeks.
I was a bit frustrated at the temperature: it was sunny and beautiful; however, there was a nip in the air that I didn’t appreciate.
Begrudgingly, I decided to confront the weather and head out. We loaded up our bikes, snacks and hit the road to a fun park about 20 minutes away. I was excited as I knew it was flat and my youngest is just learning to master peddling. Upon arrival…we were greeted with road closed signs due to floods. SO DISAPPOINTING! Try explaining that to two preschoolers!
Next stop: a 15 minute drive to another fun park with relatively flat topography. As we pull up I saw a SEA of cars in the parking lot and tons of parking signs…apparently it was an Earth Day celebration! That is typically the kind of thing I would avoid without mental prep….but I was not going to tell them we couldn’t go to this park either! So we unpacked and hit the pavement!
I am so glad that I chose to seek adventure today…in fact, I don’t think I ever really regret choosing adventure. We all enjoyed the fresh air and sunshine. We all enjoyed Dole Whip ice cream! We enjoyed the playground even if it was a bit over crowded. I enjoyed each other’s company and making new memories!