A Day in the Life: Playground Hop

Our “First Day of Spring Playground Hop” celebration ended up getting postponed. Winter did not want to give up this year. Yes, the forecast for snowfall on Friday and Saturday actually occurred. So, I decided that a few days later, when the temperature was a high of 40, was when we would celebrate the first day of Spring.

playground hop

The plan was to hit four playgrounds in 3 towns, spending about an hour at each and half an hour for travel time. At 9 was park #1 which is literally down the street from our house. At ten leave and go get coffee and a beverage for the kiddos for a treat. I figured we would arrive at the next park a little before 10:30 because it is in the same town. We would head out by 11:30 and make a pit stop at Target which is on the way to the next playground. We would get to park #3 by noon and sit at the table under the pavilion for lunch. Then leave around 1:30 to get to the next park for two o’clock. Park #4 is the furthest away and highway travel is involved. I thought this would be the perfect time for a nap for the toddler. And finally I wanted to head for home by three so that we would have time to settle down for a moment before needing to start making dinner.

Here is what our Playground Hop Day actually looked like:

6:32 I am awakened by a small voice “Mommy, did you forget that today is playground hop day?” “No honey, it’s still early, we won’t be leaving for a little while.” I reply with a smile.

6:35 Out of bed and get ready for the day.

8:00 Made oatmeal for breakfast. I wanted to make sure we had full tummies for our full day of fun.

8:35 Dawdling ensued, even though we were getting ready to go to four playgrounds!

8:47 Started the car and scrambled to get out of the house.

9:06 Left the house.

9:09 Arrived at Park #1.

9:50 Left the first playground. We got to play with a friend from church. By far the coldest part of our day. The playground was still covered with snow.

10:11 Went through Dunkin’ Donuts drive thru to get hot coffee for mom and an apple juice for the kids to share.

10:18 Arrived at Park #2. We finished listening to our audio book (The Moffats) because it was so close to being finished.

10:28 Played Tag and Hide and Seek. This playground was much warmer and a lot of the snow was melted around the play areas so it was easier to run around.

11:02 Made new friends. Elle and another little girl became instant friends and were running around and giggling like crazy.

11:30 Homeschool group friends came by to play. I got to chat with homeschooling mom friend, when Finn wasn’t climbing the curved ladder meant for much older kids.

12:28 Time to move on. We headed out and I gave the kids their sandwiches to eat in the car.

12:46 Arrived at Target for a bathroom break.

1:01 Arrived at Park #3. Finn fell asleep. I stayed in car and ate my salad for lunch. Elle played for 10 minutes on playground (in my sight, in a fenced in area).

1:12 Decided to move on, so that I could give the toddler time to finish his nap.

1:20 Turned around. Missed my exit.

1:37 Turned around again. Realized I really did forget how to get to the next park. It had been since last summer. Finally typed the address in my phone for directions. Oh well, more nap time. 🙂

1:52 Arrived at Park #4. Walked to ducks. Kids got to feed ducks because a lovely older couple was there with a loaf of bread and kindly gave the kiddos a slice each.

duck pond

2:15 Walked back to playground area. Elle found two girls to play with.

3:00 Time to head home.

3:28 Arrived at home.

4:05 Served an easy dinner of chicken nuggets. It had been a while since I ran around all day, I was a little pooped.

4:20 Relaxed with a movie “night.”

6:00 Bath time and got ready for bed. (This is much earlier than normal but the kids were pooped too, this was a great way to relax before kids got cranky.) Then talked and played with the hubby.

7:00 Finn went to bed.

7:30 Elle went to bed.

9:00 I went to bed with a book and shortly after fell asleep.

Would you ever take your kids on a playground hop? Do you have any First Day of Spring traditions?


First Blog Post

Hot coffee. Sitting at my desk. Resnowpathading a book, a blog, or my Bible. That’s how my day is supposed to begin. Nah, I’ll just get up at 3:30am instead. Change my son’s diaper, and pajamas. Persuade my daughter that the sun isn’t up yet so she needs to keep sleeping. Listen to the tidbit my husband just remembered to tell me. I mostly managed to sneak in a little more sleep until 6:00am. Oh I am just not good at functioning with interrupted sleep. That’s okay though. We are all on the mend from the cold, flu, stomach bug (hence the changing of diaper AND pajamas), whatever it is we’re fighting. And today was another great snow day.

Took the kids to the grandparent’s for a little sledding. A mountain of snow was literally piled up high waiting for us. I can’t remember the last time I went sledding. I do remember as a kid that our house had a very nice sloped backyard. I would make different paths to sled down… curvy paths, bumpy paths, super-fast paths. I could spend hours making it just right. I was quite surprised that my daughter spent maybe only 10 minutes playing in the snow and my son just wanted to watch from the porch. It was nice to get a little fresh air and some exercise trying to walk up or crawl up the hill. I’m hoping this week the temperature will creep back up to at least the mid 30’s. We can try to go outside again – maybe make a new snowman.

This winter is beginning to wear on me. I have been completely off my routine. It’s been super cold. The kids are fighting sicknesses. And we have been indoors too much. I believe that being outside is the best thing for a kid, well anyone, really. Sunshine and fresh air can help to reset you. But I’ll settle for a short walk from car to store. I find that I have to get everyone out of the house to keep energized. A trip to the library or over to meet our friends for homeschool group each week has helped. Every once in a while I even sneak in a trip to Target, because it’s just fun to look at all the pretty things.

Well, the kids are in bed, hubby is out with friends, I have my cup of tea, and I’m taking it one day at a time.

What do you do to keep the winter blues away?