After an entire afternoon at the swimming pool with cousins, the whole family was wiped out, cranky, and couldn't fall asleep for nap time. Mother nature intervened and provided a fifteen minute rainstorm that brought in some much needed cloud cover. Mimi and Papa were babysitting my 2 nephews and niece and we were trying to squeeze every ounce of family fun and togetherness into a 48 hour period. The sweltering heat had deterred most of possible plans together, until that shower drifted through. The phone rang and I thought my mother was kidding at first when she suggested they wanted to go to the fair. "Really? Dad wants to go the fair with all five grandkids in this heat and humidity?" I was shocked. "If we are ever going to go, this is the time to do it," dad said. I agreed and began trying to get diaper bags ready as quick as possible for our spontaneous excursion. If it had been in the morning I wouldn't have worried about the kids. Since it was 5pm, I knew we were starting on shaky ground. 80% of our meltdowns and screaming fits happen between 2pm and 6pm. Nevertheless we loaded up the car and headed out hoping that the cloud cover would hold the temperature down. With an arsenal of sippy cups, hand sanitizer, and extra golf balls to carry (it's his latest must have) we arrived and headed straight for the animals.
This is our niece Rivington Rose, she is only 8 weeks younger than Wren. I just know that she and Wren are going to be the dynamic duo of trouble! Not like 'bad girl' trouble, more like 'convince PaPa to buy us' stuff trouble!
We had a nutritious corn dog and lemonade for dinner, don't tell our naturopathic!
Cruz's firetruck is in hand.
So, we let him try one on his own. He was a little confused at first. By his third time around the loop he was fine.
We had to stop on the way out for a pony ride. Cruz was so excited. I have been thinking about starting him on some hippotherapy so this was a good test for me to see how he would respond. He loved it.
The fifteen minutes of thunder and rain opened up a window of opportunity. We would have just stayed home and played that evening, but the rain ushered us into complete spontaneity. So, here's to embracing last minute opportunities, taking chances, and looking for the blessing that comes after the storm. There is always a blessing on the other side.