The past two days we got the privilege of being our friends’ first non-family house guests in their new home. With Adam away at a conference, it seemed like a good time to have an extended play date with Charlie, Elisabeth, and Mary Patience. Gabriel was very excited about seeing Mrs. Olson’s new house and whenever we went out he wanted to know if we were coming back to the new house. I commend Lucy and Dan and all who helped them. They have been there less than a month and everything looks as if it has been long-established. We have been in our house almost a year and I am still trying to decide the best place for furniture.
My boys discovered new fun games they had not played before like “Don’t Spill the Beans,” “Hi, Ho, Cherry-O,” and “Zingo.” I discovered they could play these games with each other without my assistance, so they are going on the August birthday lists. Our gift for inviting ourselves to their house was bringing a breakfast of Belgian waffles which we enjoyed at a beautiful table that comfortably sat all eleven of us while Dan read from a Bible picture book to the children.
In spite of threat of rain we ventured out to a park to play. Our timing couldn’t have been more perfect had we planned it. The playground was deserted when we arrived aside from the park worker who asked us, “Are all these children yours?” Sebastian sat contentedly in a swing while the others climbed about, including Mary P. who is just a few months older than Sebastian, who climbed to the uppermost section of the very tall playground.
About the time the sun was coming out, it was getting warm, and we were discussing letting the children get into the pool even though we hadn’t brought swimsuits to the playground, a few large groups of children came to the playground. We then moved to the pool which we had all to ourselves. The boys were a little reserved about getting in the pool with their shorts on, but with a little encouragement and Charlie and Elisabeth to lead the way they were soon splashing about. Even Sebastian got in and crawled around a bit and I am now a huge fan of zero entry pools that don’t require a swimsuit of my own.
The only downside was that the park bench closest to the shallowest part of the pool was close to a trash can which smelled awful when the wind blew in our direction. Lucy and I however used this inconvenience to our advantage, encouraging the children to go play in the water and not crowd around us because of the stinky garbage smell. Jack however found another solution.
Just as we were moving to have our lunch the pool filled up with more children. As a special treat we got to see a helicopter land on the hospital close by. What better dining entertainment could you ask for?
Aside from the bike crash that ended the trip to the park, it was very successful. We brought our children home and put them to bed. I had hoped if mine rested we could visit the Children’s museum before heading home, but only one of the five slept so I thought I better not chance it. I loaded them into the car wearing their swimsuits since they had gone swimming in their clothes and headed for home. I was glad I did since four of them were asleep before we were out of the city.