Saturday, June 21, 2014

Summer Solstice: Reedy Creek

The plan this morning was to buy out the local Farmer's Market. Not only was the selection of produce unimpressive, but the worker was downright rude. Completely disappointed, we made up for it by going to the park. With Jesse home for the summer, we were able to divide and conquer so that all four kids could crawl through tunnels and go down slides. The kids had fun despite some extremely obnoxious, unsupervised children taking over the playground.

We continued our park adventures by exploring the adjacent nature center and trails. The nature center could have easily provided free entertainment for an hour or more. Jack checked out the numerous reptiles and stuffed animals. 

There was a baby-friendly area with building blocks, smooth wooden logs, puppets, and a large tent. James spent most of his time moving logs around while Maddie and Amelia enjoyed the plethora of hand puppets.

It was so nice to be able to walk around the trails together as a family. The early morning weather wasn't too hot or humid yet, which created an ideal environment. It's so important to me that Jesse and I are active with the kids and our children are able to enjoy playing outdoors.

After a busy morning, we still couldn't leave without stopping to play on this hidden gem. Jackson and I frequent dozens of playgrounds, but this is probably the most unique one.

No surprise, Jesse and I pulled into the garage with a van full of four sleeping children. Our first day of summer was a success!

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