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Sep '11

Getting Out

I took this kids on a trip this morning. First we spent a little time at Gardner Village. It’s a quaint place, but I suppose it would be quaint AND enjoyable if you were with other adults and not a four- and one-year-old. We walked through two stores, both of which were nice, but Wes would have none of it. I ended up carrying Carissa in one arm and pushing Wes in the stroller with the other so he would at least be contained. When we came to the duck pond it was all I could do to keep him from jumping in and throwing rocks at the ducks.

It was a quick visit.

Instead of going right home, we stopped at Thanksgiving Point. I had heard about the children’s garden that is supposed to be nice to visit. And it was. (Even for $10 admission–$6 for me, $4 for Wes.)

The first thing you see is a giant Noah’s Ark water feature. Wes was basically in heaven.

Carissa’s favorite game was tossing her bottle in the water and then standing at the edge, innocently saying, “Oh, oh!” over and over until I fetched it. And then she’d throw it in again.

Carissa thought the water jets were really fun, but she wouldn’t venture into the water by herself (it was chilly).

I didn’t dress the kids for playing in water. Wesley’s corduroy pants were sopping wet, even rolled up–especially after he sat in the water.

After Wes fell face-first into the water (he was chasing the big kids), I took off his shirt to dry and he sported this cool saggy bottom look.

At long last I dragged them away from the water and we strolled the gardens. They have some cool features: a bear cave, a fish pond, and hedge mazes (there was NO WAY I would let Wes loose in there). The best part was probably the giant sandbox.


2 Responses to “Getting Out”

  1. mom Says:

    Same story with the scoop as with the water bottle, huh. “oh-oh”…..I know it’s a lot of work….but even so young, it is a happy time for them. You’re a good mommy, sweetie! (cute video, btw)

  2. tara72 Says:

    oh, I’ve never taken my kids to the gardens (although I’ve been there for a concert before, I remember the Noah’s Ark). we’ll have to do that sometime.

    I’m glad you got to go to Gardner Village, but I’m sorry it was such a quick trip. I’d love if you, me, and mom could go during their visit next week, but I don’t think there will be time. Maybe another time – it’s a fun place to be and I’d love to go kidless sometime, too.

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