I had a really great day with Jerry and the kids on Sunday. Noah had been asking if we could go on a picnic, but with all the rain we've gotten this spring/summer, it hasn't worked out. Sunday ended up being absolutely gorgeous outside, and perfect for a picnic.
We packed some turkey sandwiches and fruit, and then headed to Elizabeth Park. Jerry and I used to go there all the time when we were dating, but it had been YEARS since we were there. I forgot just how pretty it is! And, of course, I forgot to take pictures of the view (we sat on the riverfront side).
After we ate our lunch, the boys played catch with a baseball. I took off my shoes, and just laid on the blanket under a tree--it was so comfortable, I could have slept there all day.
We stopped at a playground before leaving the park, because they had a huge piece of equipment that none of us had ever seen before. It looked kind of like a spiderweb of ropes going up a pole. The kids wanted to try it, and after watching them play for a little bit, Jerry and I decided to climb to the top as well.
It was really fun to climb, but definitely a challenge--and considering it went up so high, I was surprised that they even have that on a playground for kids to play on! Doing stuff like that always makes me grateful that I lost the weight when I did. Six years ago, I never could have climbed that (nor would I have even attempted to). The kids thought it was funny that Jerry and I climbed it (and I didn't know it at the time, but Noah used my phone to take a video of me climbing to the top, haha).
When we left the park, we headed to a place called 3 & Up. It's a board game lounge that we've been wanting to check out for a while--they have over a thousand board games, and you pay by the hour to play as much as you'd like. You can even bring your own food and drinks, or have food delivered there! They also have an "electronic free" policy (no cell phones), in order to get people to connect with each other in real life, which I think is a really great idea. Because of that, I didn't take any photos; but we had a lot of fun, and the time flew by!
We played a few old school games that I thought the kids would enjoy. I saw some others that I was dying to play, but I'll have to go back with my childhood girlfriends to get the full experience--Dream Phone, Mall Madness, Girl Talk, etc ;) The guy working there suggested a game called Tsuro for us, and Jerry and I both really ended up liking it, so we'll probably buy it online. One of the things I like about the board game lounge is that you can try out games to see if they are worth buying. I wish it were closer to our house (it's about a 45 minute drive), but it is definitely worth the drive to spend quality time with family or friends.
We finished the day off with movie night at home. I've been wanting to watch The Birds lately, because of getting attacked while running, but my kids are way too scared to see it ;) We ended up choosing a movie about running (I can't remember the name of it now! But it wasn't very good). The whole day ended up being a lot of fun, and I'm glad we got to spend a quality day with the kids before they go to camp next week. This is the first year they're both going to be gone at the same time for nearly a week--it's going to feel so strange not having them home! It will be the longest I've gone without seeing them, but they're super excited for camp.