Saturday, April 11, 2009

Our Adventure

Thursday afternoon, I made a date with Lacy and Rose to go on An Adventure on Friday. We planned out our trip, Lacy picked out an outfit she wanted to wear, slept with it in her bed, and promptly changed her mind Friday morning before we set out to go.

We started off by driving down to the farmer's market. Once there, we walked over to the bus stop and caught the bus that goes up to the Capitol Campus. The girls were extremely excited to get to ride the bus, and had a fun time of it. The best part about it is this particular bus is free, so it doesn't cost me a thing to entertain my kids!

At the campus, we walked to the World War II Memorial and Rose stomped in some puddles. Then we walked over to the cherry trees which are in full bloom. We pretended we were in a house with a flower roof, and had a fun time in the process. We walked over to the bus stop and caught the exact same bus we rode up on, which was just finishing the Capitol Campus loop (we got off at the first stop at the campus). Rose was thrilled when the bus started coming up to the stop and screamed out, "A ORANGE BUS! A ORANGE BUS!" practically bursting from excitement.
WWII Memorial:
The Cherry Blossoms:

We got off at the farmer's market and walked around for a few minutes before stopping and watching a glass bead artist make some beads. That was very interesting to see. Across from her booth was a stand selling plants. We bought four strawberry plants and two flowers, one for each girl. I'm not sure where we'll plant them yet.

Next, we went to the booth that gives free apples to kids. The girls both picked out an apple and I bought a couple of asian pears. Then we stopped at one of the bakeries at the market and we each got a cookie. We ended out trip at the market by eating our treats under some covered picnic tables, which just so happen to be in front of a stage. We got to enjoy live music while we ate. It makes me happy to be able to expose my kids to live music.

When we left the market, I still had a few things I needed to pick up at the store. Including milk, since I made yogurt yesterday that ended up with a consistency of ricotta cheese (it was my first time, my next batch earlier tonight turned out much better!). I suspect that the ultra-pasteurized milk I used may have caused problems, so I found some organic milk that was not ultra-pasteurized. We went to a different grocery store than usual, and I remembered why I rarely shop there. The store is absolutely wonderful, but their prices are much higher than my usual grocery store!

Finally, we returned home and the girls ate my asian pear. We got Pinocchio from the library on Thursday, so the girls decided to watch it. Lacy really loved it! I was surprised, actually.

I thought I would have worn out the girls well enough to get them to go to bed early tonight, but Lacy didn't fall asleep until after 10, and Rose had trouble getting to sleep, too. I'm expecting more restless nights during this weekend and the sugar highs that are bound to occur.

Saturday's adventure: Easter egg hunt!


Janet said...

This is really dad: Sounds like a fun and rather clever outing. Can't wait to do some of them with you in a few months.

Caitlin said...

The girls are so pretty!!!

Jeff and Jessie said...

What a fun day. I love the red coat running under the blossomed trees-so beautiful-it should be a postcard!

Kevin and Lynne Smith said...

Fun and free. Love it.