Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Parks & Rec

More time spent at parks, mostly while big brother was down at the other end, playing some organized sport or other.

Lizzie, in particular, has become a bit obsessed with swinging along the monkey bars.  She goes across over and over, shaking her arms out each time.  I have no idea how she has any arm strength left after some of these sessions.

Teddy just makes it to the first bar, hangs for a while, and drops.  Then he pulls my Kindle out of my purse and plays Angry Birds or does jigsaw puzzles.  I found him trying to play the chess app the other day, but he gave up in disgust.  I figure you most kids should be at least 4 before they learn chess.

We're definitely in sprinkler weather here, even though, technically, we're still weeks away from summer.  This sprinkler is kind of puny - make me think of Spinal Tap dancing around a tiny model of Stonehenge.

Over Memorial Day weekend we went to Haunted Trails, a facility that's like Chuck E Cheese inside, with the loud games and tokens and tickets and seating for the millions of kids who like to eat cardboard-like pizza.  I shouldn't insult their food, since we only tried the lemonade, which was seemed fine.  But it seems a reasonable inference that, if small children are willing to eat your pizza, it probably tastes like cardboard.

Our main target was outside, though: I vetoed the go-carts because the twins were too small, and the temperature was approximately a million degrees, even at 10am (we went early so we could go home by lunch and spend the afternoon air conditioned).  So that left us with mini-golf.

Spencer and I puzzled over why the "Black Lagoon" had blue water, and the "Blood Lagoon" had red water which was clearly not blood.  I didn't find out why Spencer was so certain he knew it didn't look like blood - to the best of my knowledge he hasn't had a major injury where blood was gushing recently.

We lost 3 balls over the 18 holes: Teddy whacked his under the fence out onto the street, Spencer hit his into a tunnel and it never came rolling out, so naturally Teddy hit his second ball in to see if that helped matters.  It didn't.  But much fun was had anyway, and the guy cleaning up the course found a roll of tokens and gave it to us, so then we got to go in and abuse the skee-ball machines (Lizzie strongly prefers to throw overhand.  She'll have to work on that if she ever wants to pitch softball.)


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