Guys, as a parent, hell, even as a person, it has not exactly been a joy-filled several months over here. Sure, we’ve had some fun, and some nice family time, but it’s been a whole lot of moving and logistical stress, and doctor’s appointments, and school assessments, and IEP paperwork. Just a lot of necessary but extremely unfun stuff. So, while non of the unfun stuff is going away any time soon, we should still be carving out time for joy, right?
Summer arrived early in Seattle again this year, and it looks like it’s here to stay. And summer was made for fun. And joy. And playing in the dirt and sand and water. We’ve been taking advantage by spending a lot of time outdoors and exploring new places. Although, I must admit part of my motivation for that is self-preservation. My kids are infinitely better behaved and easier to handle when they are not home. Why is that? Is it just me?
So here’s what’s been bringing us bits of joy in between the stress and preschooler meltdowns. Sunday, Mothers’ Day, I wanted to get out as a family for a bit so we headed to St. Edward State Park to do a bit of exploring.
Cormac seemed to love it, though we went early in the morning so it was still a bit chilly. After a bit of walking and exploring, we promised Cormac a stop at the playground adjacent to the parking lot.
Wednesday we also had a big adventure. Cormac was being extremely obstinant in the morning and loudly declaring “I don’t want to go to school!” Given that he’s not legally required to at this point in his life and I was too tired to argue, I just kept him home for the day. Teddy was also being a bit crabby for no apparent reason, and I could tell it was one of those days where things could get ugly if I didn’t come up with a plan to keep us busy.
So…. at the last minute I saw the Mariners were playing a day game, bought tickets, looked up a bus schedule, and hauled myself, the boys and a backpack of gear onto the bus and headed for Safeco Field. The 35 minute bus ride was super easy! Cormac was feeling happy and excited and narrated the whole trip for the entire bus. “We’re on a bus! It’s going to stop to pick up more people and then it’s going to go to the baseball game!”
Once we arrived, Cormac’s excitement continued as ushers handed him complimentary baseball cards.
By the time we arrived at our (nosebleed) seats, I knew we made the right decision to get out of the house. The weather was just perfect and few things make me happier than seeing Cormac genuinely excited about something.
Obviously Cormac didn’t have a clue what was going on, but he paid attention to the jumbotron and would randomly yell things like “we’re clapping for number 19!” and he was a pro at clapping on cue along with the crowd.
BUT! Some sweet, random old guy saw Cormac counting his baseball cards outside the stadium and gave him like 100 more! What? I tried to politely decline but he insisted and it made Cormac’s day.
Such a fun (EXHAUSTING!) day!
Our ridiculously, unusually warm May weather continued the rest of the week and the boys and I made a trip Thursday to Matthews Beach.
I was a little alarmed at Teddy’s lack of fear. He saw Cormac run splashing into the water and he blindly crawled in right after him, totally oblivious to the fact the water was freezing and coming up his face.
Of course, the minute we got home after such a lovely afternoon both boys kind of lost it and had simultaneous total meltdowns. Such is life, which is why it’s extra important to enjoy the good times.
Today promised to be another 80+ degree day and I promised Cormac we could go to the beach again, so while Cormac was at preschool in the morning, I browsed online to find a new to us beach, packed up some beach toys and a picnic lunch, and grabbed an extra bottle of sunscreen. After picking up Cormac, we headed straight to Richmond Beach Saltwater Park in Shoreline.Sand, rocks, waters and trains?! The boys were in heaven.
Cormac was very excited about this “really cool coal car train.” Then of course we just threw rocks in the water for like a straight hour. What is it about that that he loves so much?
Good vibes, indeed. We snacked on pasta salad from Whole Foods and A LOT of blueberries (and maybe some sand for Teddy), and just hung out for a couple hours.
Teddy once again earning his title as world’s happiest baby.
While maybe not my favorite beach, given its rockiness and distance from my house, I did love all the driftwood for the boys to explore and how relatively calm and not busy it was, even on such a warm, sunny day.
We’ve got a really hectic month ahead of us – We move out of our house two weeks from today, travel to Boston and Cape Cod for three weeks, then fly back and move into our new house June 16! Before all that craziness hits, it’s been nice just to soak up some simple, sunny afternoons with the boys. And to give us more to look forward to, I’ve been compiling a Pinterest board of fun new places to check out after we move!