Today I took Eva to Capron Park for a picnic lunch, some kite flying, seeing the animals and playing at the playground. All that relaxing is hard work. I am blessed in that Eva is a pretty well behaved child and she is verbal enough and smart enough that I can talk to her and she understands what I am saying. That being said, she is three and is full on testing her boundaries every chance she gets. While yesterday was very frustrating for me because of her defiance, today was different. Today I kept Eva busy and entertained so much that we didn’t meet a test of wills too many times.
Because it was a beautiful day I decided that Eva and I would go to Capron Park and I could finally get to use the MonkeyBed that I bought months ago. A MonkeyBed is a bag that has a pretty large 58” x 68” zip-out fleece blanket with water-resistant bottom including corner rock and security pockets. There is one pocket that has a zipper so that you can put your keys in it and in the others you can toss rocks or other items of weight so that you can sit and not have to worry about the edges blowing up and away. It had been so long ago that I bought this that I almost forgot what the feautres to it were. I packed us a lunch, threw in a camera and a couple of bottled drinks. I also grabbed Eva’s Barbie kite and her No-Spill® Bubble Tumbler® from Little Kids, Inc. After we ate our lunch (I made us turkey and cheese and pickles to split) we blew bubbles for a while.
Then we wandered down to the large open field area of the park. There we had fun flying Eva’s kite. Thing is, Eva wants to hold onto the ribbons that stream off the back of the kite. She’s playing some strange Rapunzel themed game with herself where she is Mother Gothel coveting Rapunzel’s hair. I don’t know, I just flew the kits.
We finished up kite flying and put a few things into the car and then went into The Capron Park Zoo. Allison told me last night that the Emus had had baby chicks. This was the first time ever at this zoo. There were three little babies and they were pretty cute, for emus. We walked all over the zoo. Eva got so upset to learn that the Ocelots were moved to another zoo as part of a conservation effort to help their species survive. She love cats and “missed them so much”. My little sensitive one. So I carried her for a bit and then we looked at the Sloth Bear and the Lions. Eva made a friend going into the building that houses the Meerkats and stuck around with that little girl for the rest of the afternoon. They checked out the Poison Dart frogs together, they rode the carousel together and even played in the playground together. Eva was pretty upset when it was time to leave because she will miss her new friend. Poor kiddo.
We came home and Allison took Eva to her first dentist appointment. Eva passed with flying colors. She came home proudly displaying two stickers, a Purpliscious one and a No Cavity Club one. Good Job Kiddo.
It is a good thing I caught that Iris yesterday because they bloomed today. Check them out.
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