Thursday, June 30, 2011

Day at the Park

Today Tom and Abby's friends called and asked if we wanted to help them sell lemonade at Miwok Park. It was a park I had been to only once before. The play structure is under some gorgeous large oak trees and it's an all wooden structure with ramps and bridges. It just gives some different scenery than the standard plastic stuff the twins always play on in the brand new parks in our neighborhood.

Well there was a lot more drinking lemonade than selling going on but the kids had a good time. I had stopped by Carl's Jr to grab a chicken sandwich on the way since it was really late and I hadn't eaten lunch yet. I noticed some squirrels getting rather brave and close to me and my Carl's Jr. garbage. I probably should have thrown the bag away much sooner than I did but I sat there practically on the ground at the edge of the wooden playground for a good hour talking to two other moms while the kids played.

As if the squirrels weren't bad enough, one of the moms says, "Is that a rat?" Sure enough, closest to me, but still quite a ways off, under the play structure out comes a big rat. As long as he stays over there, I'm ok, right? Well, I have my back turned on the rat and all of the sudden one of the moms faces goes blank and she gets up super quick and runs away as I start to feel something bumping into my ankle. (I'm wearing only flip flops on my feet.) Thinking it was the rat I jumped up as fast as my weak legs could go, stumbled into the bark, scraped my knee, recovered (not gracefully) and started shrieking, "Where is it? Where is it?!"

I thought it was the rat, but indeed.... it was only a mouse. Still... THAT WAS MY ANKLE! Ewwwwwww!!!!! I've looked very closely to make sure I haven't been scratched as I really don't want to go get my rabies vaccine today. I think that might be the last time I go to that park.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wackford Aquatics Complex

Yesterday we got our first use out of our 2011 swimming pass to the Wackford Aquatic Complex. It topped out at 100 degrees and we swam for 5 hours! Being the superstar mom that I am, when Abby got home she complained of being cold. Paul asked me what she had to drink during those 5 hours, and other than pool water, I guess it was only a few ounces she managed to choke down during her one 20 minute break for a snack. Yes, you can nominate me for mother of the year now. Poor thing was so dehydrated.

The morning started off with lots of sunscreen. It took me nearly an hour to sunscreen the kids and myself. I was completely spent after doing my legs and making sure I didn't miss a spot. Putting on lotion has become one of those really difficult activities. It's just so exhausting! I guess a lot of things are exhausting when you're only working with 41% lung capacity.

Since the twins' swimming goggles broke last weekend, my intention was to stop in Target on our way to Wackford. Luck would have it that I left my brain, and wallet at home. I had just $20 cash and my photo ID with me for our swimming adventure. So I scratched everything off our list and just headed for the goggles. Luckily we were able to stay under budget, but I'm not sure of the quality of our $6 goggles.

At Wackford there is a huge shallow area. It ranges from zero entry to 4 feet deep. (4 feet by the way is "the deep end" for the twins) In order to go into the real deep end where the diving boards are, you have to pass the swim test, which is to swim 25 yards without rest or help. Abby swam her heart out three times! And three times she failed the test. She was a good sport about it. She got about 3/4 of the way down on her last try, which was the furthest yet! Tom tried the test just once and well... that ended in tears when he failed. They were so bummed because they had been jumping off the diving board at Uncle Mike's last weekend and they so badly wanted to do it yesterday.

There is also a big water slide in the shallow end. I think it dumps them off into a narrow 4 foot deep area of the pool where they can reach the sides easily. No swim test needed, however, you do have to be at least 48" tall. Poor little Abby, barely 43" tall, wasn't allowed to go. She was really bummed. So while Tom waited in the water slide line, which took over 5 minutes, but seemed like an eternity, Abby and I practiced her swimming. She'll be swimming 25 yards in no time!

To give you an idea of how crowded the pool was yesterday I snapped this photo. It was insane from about 1p-3p. It seemed to thin out after 3:30 but was still pretty crowded.

And now totally unrelated, but I took this photo of Tom 8 weeks ago and my oh my how his smile has changed! This was just after he lost his first top tooth around April 23, 2011. Now, on June 23, 2011, he's lost both teeth and the adult teeth are nearly half way grown in already.