Friday, August 10, 2007

total self control!

So today we went to a fun little metro park called Inniswoods with some friends and I came away thinking they should put quite the disclaimer on their park website: This is by far one of the most beautiful parks in the city, however, please note this is because we have but a few places the kids can REALLY play, we do not allow food in the park grounds, and right now we have a great exhibit that every child would be fascinated with, but please, DON'T TOUCH! We have an incredible exhibit called "Big Bugs" right now where we love to have children come and see all the great exhibits. We have very large bugs, where it won't be a problem for your children to not touch their delicate pieces, however we have many that are also right on the ground. We want to see just how much self mastery your children have! Do they listen to you when you tell them to stop pulling on a large antennae? Can they just look at something they are completely fascinated with and not even sit on it? Come, bring your children to our very manicured, incredible beautiful garden park today and test each of their "listening to their mamas" ability.
So it really was one of the most beautiful parks I have ever been to, however decided it would a lot less stressful to have your husband there with you to keep your finger on each of the kids. I saw some summer school type groups there (some with a lot of young children) and couldn't imagine a worse place to be!:) My constant thought stream of "Oh my gosh, how could I possibly explain an antennae broken in half if Booker got his hands on one and pulled too hard"...or even worse.."How much would this cost to replace" was completely exhausting. Note to self: Take your husband next time!:)
However, we got a very interesting beetle talk..did you know that 1 in every 4 things that live is a type of a beetle! All that considered, does that mean since I have a family of 4, one of us is a beetle..and which one would that be? A very curious thought.
And one funny story.or two. So we were listening to the beetle guy talk and he asked for some volunteers, and Booker rose his hand! But he wasn't picked to come up and taste some beetle food (gummy worms)..he was pretty upset that they weren't giving everyone some beetle food, so I pulled out some red licorice and he asked, "Oh, is that dragonfly food?" I answered, "absolutely..(whoops)"...and i'm sure now for the next while, there will constantly be a need for dragonfly food in our home, which will rival the new version of the Jonah verse in "Follow the Prophet", which BJ helped Booker to learn at FHE: (just forgot to tell the story, thought this was a good place to insert!):)
Jonah was a prophet, tried to run away.
But he later learned to listen and obey.
When we really try the Lord won't let us fail.
That's what Jonah learned deep down inside the Beluga Whale.
Sometimes I wonder how much good us parents ever do for our children!:)
Luckily this one was pretty safe to touch.
However, do you see the "jump-hoppers", booker's term for grasshopper, antennas...As I was walking briskly to catch up with booker, I looked up and saw him pulling down on one of the antennas, really hard, it was bending and I was yelling "No" in slow motion...luckily his brain decided to listen for a split second and let go, just as I got to him. accidents here today. However, i had to let him gently sit for a brief second to snap a shot..(He looked at me like an idiot when i suggested he sit on the ground next to it).
and the human ant of the few places the kids could be kids...and I could be one too as i crawled thought trying to get Lincoln out of the tube! He's learning awfully quickly how to run away from mom!AHHHHHH!:)
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Nate and Jessica said...

And whatever you do don't stand on the nice picnic benches!

Noelle and Phil said...

I'm so glad you guys got to enjoy that fun park too! However, I think that they need to post your sign next to the no food or drink sign to get a laugh out of all the mothers there. :)