Our local park system has a "passport" program for kids. We stumbled upon it when I took the boys to one of our local parks that we don't visit very often. We ran into the park office to use the restroom when the receptionist asked if we were aware of this program. I wasn't, but when she mentioned getting a prize, Evan was totally all over it! If we get 8 stamps from different parks, the boys get a prize. The prize right now is a backpack. We visit many of our local parks anyway, so I decided to try to visit 8 of them before the weather turns cold, so that Evan gets a new backpack before the prize changes to something else.
All of that info to lead to the following story.
We headed to a nearby park this weekend to go hiking. This particular park has a creek and rock bridge that Evan remembered from last summer and wanted to visit again. And here is the sequence of events:
Getting a picture taken to prove we were there - since you know - the office to get the stamp was CLOSED!!!
Carter and Evan begging to walk out onto the sand:
Carter and Evan asking to take their shoes off so they could wade in the creek:
Evan slipping on the rocks and falling fully in the creek. And Carter not wanting to be outdone does the same.
Both boys completely drenched and clothes dripping wet!
And yes people it is OCTOBER in Ohio. Thank you Jesus for an unseasonable warm week!
The best part...Do you remember my post on how I never leave the house without some "emergency" items. Yeah, well the previous day I took out my emergency clothes pack to update it and get the outfits changed to fall outfits and left it by the front door when we headed out to the park.
So my boys, completely drenched had to walk the mile or so back to the truck in wet shorts and no shirts, because it was actually warmer for them to walk shirtless since their shirts were also wet! And then had to sit in their wet clothes until we got home!
That my friends is life with 2 boys - and why my friends make fun of me for always being prepared with extra clothes!