Damian is off from work this week. With two tots, we don’t do vacations. Instead, we plan fun day trips and local activities. We went to an outdoor outlet mall, played on playgrounds, visited grandma, and we went to the lake! It’s not that far away from us, but during June the swimming is only open on weekends because most kids are still in school. Damian works weekends, so this was our first visit to the lake this summer. I love the lake. I love being among the trees staring at the calm water, and just existing in the world. Depending on weather, we hope to go at least three more times once they open on weekdays.
The kids had a blast! Both Drake and Devin enjoyed splashing in the water, but Drake is a HUGE sand fanatic. He will be the kid making enormous and detailed sand sculptures one day. We set up our little shade maker (I have no idea what these things are actually called), and we let the boys play under it because it was HOT and poor Drake has his mommy’s skin. I kept trying the lure Drake into the lake, but he insisted, “No. Sand.” So, we brought the lake to him in buckets so he could enjoy both wet and dry sand. Devin also loved the sand, but was much more easily wooed to the water.
We ate a late lunch. I brought peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches and frozen watermelon for the kids because I knew I needed to make lunch good to convince them to put down the shovels and eat.
Before we left, we hit up the playground. Drake had a blast. I stupidly thought I could handle both the boys at the same time while Damian packed up the car. Turns out that’s a bad idea. Drake has a tendency to run away. He’s never achieved it because we trail him when we are outside, but given enough leeway, he’d be gone and we’d never find him or he’d run into traffic, at least that’s my fear. (I have nightmares about it.) They spent a good amount of time on lockdown in the baby swings until Damian saved me.
The best part of the day -- Drake did not have a meltdown when we left! He’s been having them frequently when we have to leave a fun activity, but not this time. Damian wore him out at the playground and finally just said “Drake, I’m leaving. Are you coming?” Drake hesitated, but when he saw Damian walking away, he ran over and asked to be carried. We’ve never pulled the “I’m going to leave” trick because honestly, I didn’t think it would work, but it did, and I am thankful to avoid the meltdown. (Note: We would never tell Drake that we were going to leave him! Just that we are leaving, and then let him make the choice to come with us. Of course, he doesn’t have a choice, but it gives the illusion of one. This might work 3-5 more times before Drake figures us out.)
It was an amazing day! I should have taken more pictures of the lake, but there is always next time!
Welcome to the family!
We are a laid back, fun, family of four living on a dime in 700 square feet. Life might not be perfect, but every moment of every day, it is beautiful.