Friday, July 16, 2010

Summer Fun With Friends

In the past few weeks, we've spent a lot of time hanging out with friends. I think it's the hot weather and just wanting to be out in the sun more. On the 6th we met up with a family, who now lives in South Carolina, at a nearby playground. They are a military family, so it was interesting to catch up on what they are up to. They have a son who is almost three months older than the twins, a 7 year old, 9 year old and 10 year old.

We didn't stay long, since my kids started to get very whiny and wanted to go home, but for the time we did have, it was good to catch up.

When I was putting together this post, I wanted to include our fun day at my friend M's house, but I can't find the pictures anywhere! I must have deleted them somehow, and it makes me feel horrible. We went over the morning of the 7th, and it was great just to relax in her backyard while the kids splashed in their little pool (except Jared, that is. For some reason, he didn't want his suit on that day. He did get a little wet before we left for home). Splash pads and big swimming pools are great fun, but it's also nice to have a nice low-key day of just backyard picnics and splashing fun.

On the morning of the 9th, we walked next door to my neighbor's yard for a pancake breakfast. Both kids love to visit other people's home, and they had been asking my neighbor when they could come over for a few weeks (which, I must admit, made me a bit embarrassed). So, it was so sweet of her to invite us over for a pancake breakfast. The kids rode their bikes over and ate at the little picnic table with their 14 month old daughter.

They climbed all over the little play house, bounced a beach ball to each other, and rode around the yard while I had a great time talking with the neighbors.

And just two day ago, we met with two families at a favorite park for a picnic. There were supposed to be a lot more, but most people didn't show up for some reason, but my kids like smaller settings anyways. They can be very social in a small group, but tend to get shy around crowds.

They haven't been digging the regular playground equipment when we go to parks lately, so after about ten minutes on the equipment, they wanted to go feed the ducks. The other families were still eating, so we headed out by ourselves to the creek.

At first we found one lonely duck who quickly ate up the two pieces of bread we had brought.

Then we found a spot where someone had left half a loaf of French bread all torn up. Soon the creek was littered with floating pieces of bread.

We followed the creek bed up a ways and finally spotted the rest of the ducks.

The kids were really excited to spot a mother duck with six ducklings. She let us get really close to the babies. Jared and Alexa wanted to pick up the ducklings, I think they were remembering their time at the farm this spring, but I convinced them that these ducks were wild, and the mother duck would most likely bite them if they tried.

We walked back to the playground to get our blanket. Only the one mom with her two year old son was still there, so we told them about the ducklings, and they headed down with us to see them. We didn't stay that long, but it was such a treat to interact with the cute, adorable creatures.

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