Thursday, October 8, 2015

Park Fun

When school started back up, and we knew it would be less crowded, Parker and I decided to try out the new local park.  It's a little bit of a drive for us, but we are usually "in town" doing other things when we go so it works out great.  And any park that sits behind Hobby Lobby can't be bad, right?!

Parker LOVES parks and playgrounds so he was ever so excited to venture out to the new one in town.  It did not disappoint!  Most of it is covered, all of the equipment is on a squishy, foam floor and there are tons of fun things to play with and on. 

These pictures are from the first two times we went, but we've been a few times already - he enjoys it every time and is always excited to go.




















This was after the first time we went.  We came home and ate lunch, then we snuggled and rocked...and he crashed - all while holding his mighty backhoe.  Sweet boy! 




Another "park" he loves is what he calls the "trampoline park" - a local indoor facility with all sorts of trampolines and a big foam pit.  When we go, it's usually on a Friday because it's only $5 to jump for up to 2 hours AND it's a time only for toddlers and preschool children.  It's perfect! To say he has a blast each time we go is an understatement!









It does my heart good watching this boy have fun! 
It's funny to me that the first four letters of his name spell one of his favorite places! 
Little did we know...

Until we meet again...
Riley

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Sea World

Here we are in October and I'm still trying to play catch up with the ol' blog from the last month or so - tis life!  

At the end of August, we made a weekend trip to San Antonio to take Parker to Sea World.  He had mentioned for months that he really wanted to go.  Parker is all about sea creatures and ocean animals.  We've gone to the aquarium a couple of times and he loves it.  We were hopeful he would really enjoy Sea World.

No exciting event is complete without a paper chain countdown.  We've made a few countdowns over the past year or so and they have been fun and helped build the anticipation!
These are by no means all of the pictures.  Between my phone, John's phone and our camera we took over a hundred pictures so this is just a taste of our trip.  I wish I could post them all, but there are so many!

We drove to San Antonio on a Thursday morning.  Once we arrived there late that afternoon, we checked into our hotel and went down to the Riverwalk for dinner and a riverboat ride.  The weather was perfect and it wasn't crowded - it was nice and we had so much fun that night!  Parker really enjoyed it.  






The next morning Parker was as eager as he could be to make our way to Sea World - complete with light-up shark sandals.
There are so many details and stories from our day, but I'll just spare all of that and just say that it was awesome.  Parker did so well and we had an absolute blast!!  Parker so enjoyed it and it was wonderful to see how much fun he was having. 

We saw lots of animals that live in the water, rode the carousel and ferris wheel, watched a couple of neat shows and did some souvenir shopping. It was such a great day and far exceeded our expectations!















We made so many memories at Sea World! I'm grateful for our little weekend getaway and look forward to many more travel adventures as a family.
He gave the day his all - case in point. 

Until we meet again...
Riley