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Sunday, February 16, 2014
Day out with Daddy
Today I had all day Sunday with the kids since Andrea left for Vegas, so I decided to get out of the house and have some fun with them. The weather's been super cold all over the country and although our state is the only one that didn't get snow, it's been much colder than we're used to recently. Today it finally warmed up a bit and it was sunny, so it was a perfect day to do some stuff outside.
We started off the day with lunch at Tijuana Flats for tacos and then we went to Latitude 30 to play some games. We typically do poorly on games that win tickets, so usually we just ride some of the rides and play some of the games that are fun. Today, while the kids were riding the video ride together, I decided to try a new game that looked like a huge slot machine. On the first try I won the jackpot of 1000 tickets. We played it a few more times and won a few hundred more, so we were flush in tickets and we were excited that we were able to pick out something more interesting than usual. The kids gravitated towards stuffed animals and there was a neat light up wand/scepter thing that Paige wanted. They were both pretty pleased with their goodies.
After we were done at Latitude 30, I didn't really have any other plans so I asked the kids what they wanted to do. They said they wanted to go to the park, so I looked at my Google maps app and punched in "park" and went to the closest match, which was Losco Regional Park. It was an absolutely beautiful park with a lot of playground equipment, huge trees, fields, and walking paths. There were four groups doing birthday parties there and it still didn't seem over crowded.
One of the big oak trees had branches that grew all the way down to the ground. The kids loved climbing on it.
After an hour or so we'd seen everything and got thirsty, so we went to the store to get some drinks and go potty. After that, we decided to try another park so we went to Mandarin park. We'd been there for a birthday party last year, and this time we played at the playground for a little while, but spent most of our time exploring down the paths through the woods.
The kids loved hiking through the forest. Paige was a little nervous about it at first, but soon she insisted on leading the way through the woods. She got scared at one point when she walked through a spider web and ended up with a bug on her arm, but Daddy rescued her and we were able to press on.
We talked about all kinds of plants and animals and the kids couldn't get enough of exploring.
The kids had an amazing time for such a simple day, I enjoyed my special time with my guys.
Posted by Shawn Vernon at 7:57 PM