We’re usually kind of boring. Honestly, stick-in-the-mud-go-to-bed-on-time kind of parents. This day, though? We stayed at the park until almost 9pm, even with a 2 hour drive home. We had SUCH a great time and I wish everyone could have an amusement park so sweet and lovely near them to take kids. Sure, there’s stuff to buy. But the prices are normal. You don’t have to pay to get in, you buy tickets for rides. They have pretty baskets of flowers on their bridges and trees everywhere for shade. A smoothie in the middle of the day only cost us $2 and for lunch we actually sat down at a restaurant in the park and paid $3.50 for a BLT with chips and a pickle and $5 for a kids meal. Tell me you’d get that at a big amusement park?? Plus, they still have a ball pit. And a bouncy house. Any fire engines and helicopters and hot air balloons for $0.75 a ride. And a little roller coaster and a pretty merry-go-round and bumper cars.
Good, good stuff. Ice cream cones and a brief interlude for rain, just enough to cool off in the evening. A lot of smiles and sleepy kids who were asleep within minutes of leaving the park. Late night car ride conversations in the dark under the guise of staying awake, but are really full of the stuff that life is made of. As the sun goes down and we drive through the mountains of PA, talk of future house plans and how soon she’ll start kindergarten. How he’ll start preschool. How we’ll have two kids in elementary school in just two short years. How we’ve made it this far and it’s always been fine, things always work out, they just do. How we’re blessed beyond measure compared to so many and how we always want to keep that in perspective. How my job hunt has been painfully slow and the endless circle of a dilemma of finding a job that makes it worth the time away and actually bring home money after we pay for childcare and extra health insurance costs feels so daunting right now. How one day we’ll really be able to afford to take a vacation, but for now the trade of what our life is makes it all worthwhile.
It was a good day, one for the record books.