I tried to start Kid Day with our three the summer Addie turned 1, but it was too hard to lug the double stroller everywhere. Grayson was only 2, and he's not a big fan of walking, so I'd have to push that gigantic thing, loaded down with two diaper bags, and it just wasn't worth it. Now we're a lot more mobile--everybody walks, and the umbrella stroller is only brought for when somebody needs to be restrained. Typically that's Addie. So this year seems like a good year to start.
Yesterday, after an impromptu walk because it was only 80 degrees (In June! In Texas! A miracle!!), I felt brave. "C'mon, guys, let's go on an outing!" We drove to Cabela's, a gigantic outdoor/hunting/fishing place, and started off with lunch in their cafe. We plotted on a napkin what we'd like to do for future Kid Days, and after lunch we walked around, looking at all the dead wildlife. The boys thought it was awesome, although Addie was terrified of the buffalo head. Then we went through the "Big Country"wildlife museum , followed by the museum of elephants, zebras, lions, and the like. Addie didn't love that one, either, but the boys sure did. They walked around with their pop guns, shooting the dead animals. Nice. Then we saw a polar bear, some kind of yak-type animal, and wolves up close, and finished it off with spending about 30 minutes in the aquarium. The kids were so mesmerized by the turtles that the aquarium manager came out and gave them a quick lesson on turtles. After buying life jackets and new Crocs, we went home. The kids were happy and exhausted, and I chalk that up as a success.
They don't know it yet, but we're having double Kid Days for the next two weeks--later this week I'm taking them to see my parents at their lakehouse, and I think it's safe to say that'll be their favorite Kid Day of the summer. Next week I'm taking them to our church's camp to spend the day while Pace speaks to the youth, and then we'll have another shorter outing later on.
My favorite part about Kid Day is not even spending the entire day doing something out of the ordinary and fun, but knowing that when my kids grow up and have children, there's a good chance they'll carry on the tradition. My own memories of Kid Day are so sweet, and I hope my three feel the same way. It makes all the work worth it.