July 07, 2015

Sunday Funday

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.


  1. I'm going to have to check out 3 & Up! Sounds like a fun way to find new games and have a fun get together.

  2. I love game shops that do that! We have a couple here in Northern Colorado. We even have a new nerd-themed restaurant called Dungeons and Drafts. It's a medieval style tavern centered on gaming. They have board games you can borrow and for the more nerdy patrons, areas to play D&D and Warhammer (a miniatures game).

    One game I have been loving a lot lately is called Pandemic. It is a cooperative game, so it is all the players against the game. You all work together and share resources to win. To win you have to cure 4 diseases, but there are like 5 ways to lose! It's stressful at times, but a ton of fun!

  3. My husband and I love board games. You have to try Dixit. It is so much fun and unique.
    My brother in law actually created a card based game and won a competition hosted by Cards Against Humanity.

  4. It's called Discount Salmon.

  5. I LOVE Mall Madness! I actually bought it on ebay a couple of years ago. Playing it with a glass of wine is even more fun than playing it when I was a kid! :)

  6. Sounds like a fun day :) I went to a park a while back with one of those web towers, too and I also couldn't resist climbing to the top!

  7. WOW, that was a full day! Love all that family time. That board game place sounds awesome - that's kind of a cool business idea. Our 8yo is going to her first sleep-away camp next week, too! (3 nights). Will be so weird to not have her here!

  8. Karen McBJuly 08, 2015

    I hate it when a movie is so blah that you can't even remember the name. Have you seen McFarland USA? Also about running, and probably my favorite movie in the last couple of years.

    1. I LOVED McFarland USA! Great "feel good" movie :)


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