On Saturday, DearWife got us all packed up (water, food, fail-over pants for BigBrother). We took a stroll to the forest preseve near our house. We soon realized that it was our town's earth day observance. The powers the be decide to celebrate the day set aside to preserve the earth by having everyone in town ramble through the forest preseve.
By the time we got to the trail, it was the back end of the bunch. I took a glance at the people and saw a little scene that plays out often these days. There was a dad, walking with his 7-8yr old daughter. She was looking up at him (literally, and I suppose metaphorically), asking him a question. His hand was extended palm towards the girl while his other was attached to a cell phone against his ear.
We had a great time walking through the forest preserve. We saw several squirrels and about 8 deer, which the kids thought were pretty cool. DearWife got a little girly when the boys wanted to throw rocks into the pond and there were 'bugs' around.
The real drama was as we were nearing the end of the trail. DearWife had to go to body pump, and there was a little drama surrounding her exit. She tried once to get away, but the kids sucked her back in. I suggested that she either run and keep going, or just give it up.
She made a break for it, which BigBrother didn't appreciate. There was a lot of wailing and moaning. "I want mommy, I didn't get a goodbye hug or kiss" (he did). So I let him cry for a few minutes, then talked him off his ledge. Other than a few "I want Mommy's" he was fine.
That night, we went to the neighbor's and made home-made pasta. It was good. The company was great. There were 4 couples each with multiple kids. I think the rule is once you get past 2 families, the energy output of the kids goes up exponentially. Anyway, good time all around. Except the kids didn't go to bed until 10 (3 hrs past their bedtime).
I prepared myself for a crabby day. Expect the worst....and the kids were great all day. It was a little unbelievable.
Now I just have to get ready for Vegas by packing up, and doing a little light reading, and I'll be set.