Chilling and Splashing

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After the crazy of the last weekend, we decided it might be a good idea to take it easy. The boys usually don’t mind when we do this, as it gives them time to catch up on some of their favorite activities.

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Like stealing daddy’s iPad…


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…and his headphones.

So yeah, we didn’t do much all day Saturday outside of the house aside from getting a bit of grocery shopping done. We did somehow manage to clean the whole house, but the kids were only partially involved with that. Sunday started out much the same.

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Max is enjoying his new computer, courtesy of Papa.

When the afternoon came along, we decided we’d had enough of laying around so we decided to treat the boys to something they haven’t done in quite some time.

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Splash park!

It’s been so long for Owen that he didn’t really remember the place. He was very shy about the whole thing, cringing or straight up running away whenever the water sprays started up.

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He warmed up to it eventually.


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His brother, of course, was a big motivation for that.


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This was all fun and good for him, but he had bigger plans.


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Aside from cheesing up my photos.

Ever since last year, Max has been talking about the Big Slide. There’s a two-story tall twisting, winding slide that sits in the corner of the splash park. We measured Max at home, and he seemed to finally have reached the required height of 48″. Unfortunately, the ruler at the splash park disagreed so his hopes were dashed for now.

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The smaller slides would have to do.


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His brother isn’t even close, and didn’t bother asking.

By the time we’d finished up, the boys were getting pretty tired.

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A little cranky, too.


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Though that didn’t stop Owen from standing in line one more time.

I won’t relay the tale of our departure, but suffice to say there were many tears shed and many admonishments handed down regarding their ability to ever go back. Their lack of energy just caught up with them, I suppose. The rest of the evening was more subdued, though I did get a chance to take some nature photography. In any other year, we wouldn’t particularly care about what bugs were making their way into our backyard. This year, though, the various food plants (strawberry, blackberry, watermelon, and tomato) make us a little more aware of what’s going on. This is apparently The Year of the Grasshopper.

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They’re EVERYWHERE.

The boys find them amusing, so I suppose that’ll be our consolation after they eat all our plants.

Not too bad for a lazy weekend, really. If you want to check out the rest of the photos, click here. With any luck, we’ll get another post up before we leave for Chicago. If not, you’ll get another double post sometime next week.

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