A friend gifted the kids a Monkey Joe's gift card for Christmas. Last week the temperature was in the 70's, but the past few days have been in the 30's. The cold weather provided the perfect excuse to play. There is a Monkey Joe's right by our house, but the one across town has half price admission on Wednesdays. Since Jackson doesn't have preschool on Wednesdays, we made the day of it and explored the area.
The kids spent a solid hour and a half climbing, sliding, and bouncing. I was relieved and surprised that it wasn't at all crowded, despite being half off admission and freezing outside. Jackson was an amazing big brother. He stood behind each of his siblings on the ladders to help push them up or prevent them from falling. It was an intense toddler workout. Maddie fatigued faster than her siblings. They were all sweating and red in the face when I forced them to leave.
We were just a few minutes away from the house Jesse and I rented when we first moved to Charlotte. I've had no reason to drive to that area in several years, so it was fun to reminisce. I showed Jackson the house where we used to live.
I also took the kids to the international supermarket, for no other reason than I love seeing the different foods. It's quite the sensory experience. You're guaranteed the possibility to:
- hear people speaking several different languages
- smell fish and seaweed
- touch fibrous coconuts and spiky durian fruits
- see brightly colored labels with different languages
- taste food ordered from any of the various restaurants inside
We split some kind of pastry from the Hong Kong bakery, then fought over whose turn it was to "drive" the cart.
I love our spontaneous Wednesday outings. The only thing that could make them better is if they resulted in naps.