Early last month (October 8th, 2011) we had our 2nd Family Fun Day! It actually started with me waking up early and playing with Daniel so that Tary could sleep in a bit. I don’t like sleeping in so I really enjoyed the extra Daddy-Daniel time.
After Tary woke up in the late morning, we went to Parlee Farms in Tyngsboro. We first visited a petting area with goats, sheep, chickens, and rabbits. Daniel seemed to enjoy looking at the different animals but only from the safety of my arms. We bought a few small handfuls of food to feed the animals with but Daniel was hesitant to let the animals eat from his hands. So I fed a few animals as Daniel intently watched on.
We then went to a hay bale play area. There were lots of older kids running around and on top of the hay bales so we stayed on the outside of it so that Daniel wouldn’t get accidentally knocked down. He enjoyed picking up loose strands of straw and tossing them around.
We then got in a long line and waited for the tractors to come and take us to the apple orchards. Daniel sat on my lap and he seemed to enjoy the hayride. When we got to the orchard we let Daniel pick his own apple. He gently (or as gently as a toddler can) pulled an apple off of the tree and happily ate the entire thing! He hasn’t quite figured out that he needs to rotate the apple as he’s eating it so he ate through the core too! Even when there was nothing left of the apple, he didn’t want to let go of it. I carried him around as we walked up and down a few aisles while picking some apples along the way. I really enjoyed “sampling” a few as well.
We rode the hayride back to the main area. We walked over to an area with hundreds of loose pumpkins and we let Daniel pick out a few. We bought two small pumpkins that he picked out (tossed around). We had to go inside a store area to pay for them. While inside we also bought some apple cider donuts for us and a drink for Daniel. The donuts were warm and dusted with sugar. They were so delicious!
After Parlee Farms we dropped Daniel off at my parents so they could spend some more quality time with him while Tary and I could have our time together. We went to the Burlington Mall and bought some furniture for Daniel’s new room at Pottery Barn Kids. We bought a platform bed frame, a dresser, a nightstand, and guard rail. The store is expensive but I like the higher quality construction.
Since Tary felt a little guilty making us go to Pottery Barn on our Family Fun Day, we went to REI next so I could pick up some supplies for my upcoming backpack camping trip. It was going to be the 3rd trip of the year. There was a sweet sale going on for REI members and Tary bought me a nice pair of trekking poles and I bought a lot of freeze-dried meals.
Tary and I then went to dinner at LongHorn Steakhouse. I ordered a 16 oz prime rib (medium-rare) and Tary ordered a rack of ribs. It was very delicious and we were stuffed. Even when we get some alone time to ourselves from Daniel, we still enjoy talking about him.
We picked up Daniel from my parents’ house and we continued our Family Fun Day at McPherson Park. I used to play here as a child and I thought it might be fun to make some new memories with Daniel here. I was a little surprised at the changes that have occurred here. The old playground was replaced and a new one was added closer to where I parked the car.
Daniel had a lot of fun on the baby swing. We went to another area of the playground and Daniel really enjoyed climbing up the jungle gym and scooting down the slide. A girl who was around preschool age played alongside Daniel and said that he was really adorable.
One thing that stunk about this playground was there were a lot of ghetto kids there. Some white kids were pretending to act tough and said to each other, “MF this”, “MF that”, “n**** this”, n**** that”. I didn’t want Daniel to be exposed to that filth and it was getting dark so we went home.
Overall I think it was a very good Family Fun Day. I know Daniel probably won’t remember all of these activities but maybe when he’s old enough to read this, he’ll see how much we all love each other and enjoy doing things as a family.