T Rex Family

T Rex Family

Friday, May 4, 2012

Tour of Parks 2012

I wrapped up clinical rotations last week and this week is technically finals week but since I had no finals I wrapped up projects and took most of the week off. Of course, the house is a disaster after 5 months of no deep cleaning and barely keeping up on vacuuming and dusting. The kids are really good about picking up their toys and clothes so that does help. T Rex Dad is also pretty great about helping but the yard has been needing attention so that does take some priority over clutter.

For all their hard work, patience, sharing, and just being great kids this week, we kicked off our Tour of Parks 2012. Last year it was about this time that we did the same thing.

Here are some of the highlights...

First stop IW Park. We had wrapped a trip to the library and picked up our groceries. I love that our local grocery store has a playland where I can leave the kids and shop uninterrupted for as long as I like. Plus, the kids really like going there and come home with charming art work. 

T Rex is learning how to propel himself on the swing. Although, he was a bit disgruntled that the swings were only "baby style". 


Switching gears...next a nature walk at KA Park. 

Once again, we did this exact walk nearly a year ago. However, at that time the geese and ducks already had babies. This year there were none yet. I think most are still on their nests so aside from other fellow walkers we were alone in the park. We actually wrapped the walk just in time as the rain started pouring. 

T Rex also got separated from Lil Sister and myself for about 3 minutes and although I could see him the entire time he was still quite concerned and told me he was scared afterward. However, he actually remained quite calm and handled the situation well. I think he will be a good at handling stress as an adult. 

Here are more photos...

We saw 5 turtles sunning themselves on a log.

A few geese and ducks.

Picking sticks...

Tossing sticks...

There's the beginning of our Tour of Parks 2012.

School is officially done. Now I can focus on studying for my certification exam later this month. Let the graduation celebrations begin!


Kim said...

That's genius that the grocery store has a Playland!! The kids look so grown in the pictures! Congratulations on school!!!

Jenners said...

I'm glad you're through the worst of it!! And that is wonderful that T-Rex handled himself so well. That does bode well for his future. What a great tradition you are creating with this Tour of Parks!

Tat @ Mum in search said...

Tour of parks? What a fantastic idea! We went to our local duck pond yesterday.We regularly see eels there and we saw one turtle once. But 5 of them? The kids would be over the moon if they saw that.

JKMommy said...

This looks like a lovely park! We have GOT to get out to parks more often. A. is a "runner/wanderer" though so I have been looking for fenced in parks b/c I can't keep up with this rolly polly belly these days! :)
Can't wait to hear more!!

septembermom said...

Love parks! I love them as much as my kids I think. Great pictures. The nature park looks like a great way to pass the afternoon too.