This afternoon, Alex played hooky from scouts and we took the family to the park for a picnic and some playground time.
The weather was beautiful. We were a little chilly sitting at the picnic table, but as soon as we moved out of the pavillion, it was perfect park weather. The kids ran and played on the slides, and Kenny and Alex tossed a football around for about an hour. (Alex has nearly perfected his throwing and catching techniques. I’m amazed at his natural ability.)
Anthony made a little friend, and his mom asked if we could have a playdate sometime. She left before I could give her my contact information, though, and I feel horrible. I hope she didn’t think it was personal. I got sidetracked when Kendra fell off of a giant tube onto her face, neck and then back. (She’s lucky she didn’t break something.) The poor kid had sand in every facial orifice, not to mention a terrible abrasion over her left eye, and she got the wind knocked out of her. By the time we got her straightened up and brushed off, the other mom was on her way to the parking lot.
Maybe we’ll see her there again sometime . *sigh*
All injuries aside, we really had a wonderful time together. On the way home, we took the “scenic” route past the Jordan River Temple and drove slowly around the grounds. Anthony had a fit when we told him he couldn’t go inside– at least not yet– and we promised we’d go back another day when we were dressed in something nicer than shorts and sandals to let the kids walk around the outside. I remember doing that as a kid, and I thought it was the coolest thing ever!
Alex commented on how nice it felt at the temple, even being in the parking lot, and we had a nice discussion about why Kenny and I chose to be married there, and then which temple the kids would choose for themselves. (Alex said “Draper!”, Kendra and Hannah both chose Jordan River, and Anthony wanted whatever Alex picked. That is some big-brother worship right there.) It all fit very nicely with our new family motto, We Love to See the Temple.
It was such a nice evening! We used to do activities like that all the time when Alex and Kendra were little, when Kenny worked at UPS during the day and was off at night. When he switched jobs, he worked every night, and with the oldest two in school all day, there was very little family time. When he went back to an alternating day/evening schedule, I guess we were just out of the habit and forgot to pick it up again. We are determined to move forward, however, and we look forward to a whole spring and summer of parks and picnics.
Doesn’t it sound lovely?