Sunday, April 22, 2012

earth day 2012

sunday turned out to be an absolutely amazingly beautiful day just in time to celebrate earth day outdoors. we packed us a picnic basket full of drinks, sandwiches, chips, and fruit and set out for the Railroad park downtown to participate in the Nature Conservancy's "picnic for the planet" event. there was live music, beautifully decorated picnic tables, and the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division put on a hands on show for the kids which included many animals and reptiles such as an owl, hedgehog, ferret, snakes, iguanas, etc. the girls loved this educational show and laughed uncontrollably when the parakeet started singing. throughout the event, team members were walking around counting people in hopes of setting a Guinness world record for most picnicking in a 24 hour period. i'm not sure if the record was made, but word on the street is that there were nearly 630 people there. here are some pics...

after enjoying our lovely picnic in the grass on top of a blanket, the girls ran to the playground area where we bumped into our two favorite twin boys, henry and finn. they played and played. and then played some more. abby's favorite thing about the play area is what she calls "the spider web" which consists of climbing up a ropes obstacle. lyla's favorite is of course the slides, and daddy thought it was hilarious while trying to teach the baby how to do chin ups on one of the bars. apparently, baby jemma thought it was quite comical too. after about an hour or so, we treated the girls to some ice cream/snow cone. they were in heaven. here are some pics...
so the girls continued to play and play. and play some more. we had no idea that nearly four hours had just flown by. abby and lyla begged and pleaded to take their sandals off so that they could dip their feet in the nearby pond and then they played frisbee with daddy, soccer with some other random kids, and threw the football around. it was so incredibly windy that day that we seriously wished we would have brought a kite or two. nonetheless, it was so great to be enjoying the bright blue skies and taking in all the wonderful sights and sounds. did i mention the band was playing some great oldies? i was raised listening to that kind of music so it felt very comforting and nostalgic. overall, we had an excellent time celebrating earth day as a family before heading over to the hospital and visiting the nan who will be undergoing surgery for a pacemaker. please keep her in ya'lls prayers, and we hope everyone enjoyed earth day. here are some pics...

2 comments:

A Mom to Two Lil' Ones said...

Love Jemma's pigtails!! Looks like you all had a wonderful time! Praying for your Nan!

Jan said...

If you ever decide to consign their clothes, let me know. I would love to have first dibs!