Friday, June 06, 2008

Best Money

A few months ago, Carla and I deemed it so that we needed passes to our local water park. It's not a grand huge one, but sufficient enough to keep our 6 kids entertained. Not to mention it lets us get a better handle on our sanity. Nothing is better than kids who are worn out from sun and water. Emily got in on the deal with her sweet Noah and we have lovely times at least twice a week. Jaime grabbed the idea, too, with Jordan and we just have good get togethers! It's nice having season passes. We don't have to buy a day pass for a big family and then stay for 4-6 hours to get our moneys worth. A couple hours here and there and we got some good sleeping kids that night. There's always some one there we know to chat with and I'm pretty sure we have stock in some sunscreen company somewhere.

On Thursday evenings, the park stays open until 8 p.m. It's called Late Swim. We have decided that Thursday evenings will belong to us. We pack a picnic meal and head off for water fun around 4-5 p.m. Can't beat it with a stick. Last night was the first Late Swim of the season and we did it up in style. It was good stuff and I think we made the right decision to make this a habit.

Kids remember stuff like this, you know. They remember small things from their childhood like picnics. Driving across country when Kenna was 4, we stopped at a rest area in Mississippi for a quick lunch. She still talks about her picnic in Mississippi. The next year when we went through again, we stopped at the same area and did another picnic. I think that one small thing we did, she will remember forever. I want my kids to look back and remember the cool simple things we did as a family.

Now I'm off to pack us up for a weekend trip to South Carolina. Not looking forward to the gas it's going to take, but looking forward to seeing my people. I miss them. We all miss them. Another memory for my babies. The small road trips here and there. What grand adventures, huh? Heck, we live closer to the Mouse in Orlando than we do our home town. Methinks a trip there might be in order some time.

Have a wonderful weekend. It's graduation time all over the country. That's the purpose behind our trip. I can't wait to see this young woman I held in my arms as a baby walk in her cap and gown. Where's the waterproof mascara???

I'll leave you with the word "fun" defined:


Monogram Queen said...

It looks WONDERFUL! I remember I used to keep a season pass to Wild Water & Wheels and I loved that place so.
I am hoping the sun, sand & water will wear our kiddos out all next week at Oak Island!

Have a safe and enjoyable trip to the Palmetto State. I'll be in the Tarheel State :)

Deb said...

Looks like y'all had a grand time - Too bad you aren't here (Myrtle Beach, SC) this weekend- its our Sun Fun at the old Air ForceBase and it looks to be a great time.
You are making some great memories for all of you - Have Fun!

Lishak said...

Awww...that looks like so much fun! I'll have to find my hubby and go again!

I hope you and your kids have a fantastic summer in the water park. :)

Mrs. Em said...

All I can say to Jace is...WAR EAGLE!! :) Way to represent, kiddo!

OneHungMan said...

Looks like a helluva good time.

jaime said...

hey , sorry i didnt go yesterday! i ened up napping and unpakcing and all that good stuff!! but safe a seat for me next thursday!

chelle's winks said...

Looks like fun....they must also have a shade park included for you ( I know how you love the outdoors), the things we must do for the kids.......ha ha ha

House of Hayes said...

I know we can't wait to get home to take part in this FUN!!
LOOK OUT WATER PARK HERE WE COME!! In this heat..I'll be more than glad to let the city pay the water bill for my kid and me to keep cool :)

HUGS EVERYBODY THERE IN KBAY!! We will be home hopefully soon!!

cat said...

How fun! I love water parks. We have one here in our city and I try to make it there at least twice a month, I love it just that much.

Hope you and your's have a great time.

Pikes Pickles said...

Hmm, you hvae me thinking about doing the same thing at our water park. We have a similar thing with some other families every Monday we meet at the beach around noon and stay till the sun goes down and have a beach fire. My kids love it. We also have a thing where a group of local women always meet at the beach on Wednesday during the Summer (this one is a come when you can). But the water park tempted.

Pikes Pickles said...

oh... oh...oh...if your ever in Virginia ...go to the Amphib base in Virginia Beach . It has THE BEST waterpark. My kids and I use to practically live there when we lived in VA.

Jill AKA busymom said...

I am a firm believer of sun, surf, and sand making for sleeping keiki....that's why I love living in Hawaii. Camping is wonderful when they spend the day at the beach...those little darlings fall asleep eating their s'mores!