Today I decided that I’m too fat and for some reason the thought occurred to me that going to a park a mile and a half away would be a good idea, because it’s the middle of the summer and walking while pushing 70 pounds of humans plus all the dang crap they have to take with them (library books, shovels, a bucket, 5 pounds of grapes, just the basics really) would be a good way to start shedding some of that weight.
We also have to scope out a place for Loaf’s (she earned her nickname today, too–lazy girl!) birthday party coming up and a park is a good place for it. So we’ll be looking at all of the birthday party possibilities at these parks too.
Getting there was no small feat. I messed up the coordinates and headed to 9th North and 2nd East, where there is no park, rather than 9th East and 2nd North, where there is an awesome park, and had to backtrack quite a bit to get to this other park which is right in between 9th East and 9th North and 2nd East and 2nd North.
I believe I am a better mom when I don’t have a smart phone and landlines are cheaper, so I didn’t have a cell phone with me to look up new directions and didn’t want to look like a homeless person and knock on a random door. Lolo was pretty confused and kept asking, “Mom where are all the other kids? Why is nobody outside?” And I told her frankly. “No one else is as crazy as we are.” (Lumping my innocent 4 year old into my blanket statements about my failures as a mother make me feel better.)
Anyway, let’s complain about some more stuff, shall we?
Okay truly, the equipment here was pretty good. We brought the bucket and shovel in case of a truly horrible playground equipment situation like last time:
But didn’t end up needing it at all. Boom:
I really tried to get her to stand at the top of the swirly slide so I could take this photo but she still suffers from unfamiliarswirlyslidephobia. To her credit, I’m afraid of the water slide at the rec center and it’s about the same size as this one.
The location is pretty whatever. It’s in the middle of a bunch of neighborhoods and so there were other kids for Lolo to play with and make instant friends with. No restaurants nearby or any place really to grab lunch on the way there, so I’m glad we brought our own. Speaking of which…
Extremely picnicy. There were tables, but not close to the playground, so Deedee and I hung out in the shade while Lazy Bum #1 played and whined about her owie. (For the record, she got it three days ago and makes a point to not do any activity that might exacerbate her condition. Interestingly, walking is one activity that has been nixed for good. Climbing playground equipment has no effect.) And look how good I was: mangoes, grapes, water (iwater in a dinosaur bottle is the only way to keep little girls hydrated), crackers (Annie’s–love those), and well, a bottle of formula for Daphne. Sorry, girlfriend.
Also, holding your hands at weird angles for photos is now the latest. If Deedee looks bored, it’s because she was. I love this age where they can interact with you but basically don’t care about anything yet. And yes, she is always flat on her back because she can’t/won’t sit up yet or crawl. She just lays there, helpless, and waits for someone (me) to show up and hold her.
There was a ton of shade. None covering the playground, of course, but shade everywhere else. Some of it was suckier than other spots. The spot we were in was under a pretty lame tree so the leaves weren’t full enough. It was mostly shaded unless you turned your head just wrong.
Deedee (oh, to be a baby and be able to sleep despite sweating to death) and Lolo and our makeshift ghetto blanket-over-the-stroller set up. Our stroller was bought from some lady from the classifieds and it functions. That’s about all I have to say about it.
Birthday Party Possibilities
Super possible. There was a good mix of little kid equipment and big kid equipment, and a huge ol’ hill for rolling down and getting dizzy until you puke. Also, don’t let me forget: Lolo has demanded a brown and pink cake. And candy for lunch. Heaven help us.
Notes for Next Time
- Next time, print directions to the right park. We walked about 2.5 miles each way. This is too much walking for smack dab in the middle of summer, in the middle of the day, with two girls–one who can’t walk, and the other one who won’t, on account of her feet are too tired and she has to be nice to her owie.