So, yesterday I decided to attempt to salvage our super-boring stinky spring break and take the kids to do something fun. The most important reason for doing so, the sun was shining and the temps were expected to rise up into the high 50's (finally)! So we went over to find the highly recommended Discovery Park.
It was pretty cool. So much fun stuff to do. The only disadvantage was that it was very popular and was also very crowded and sort of nuts. It took a couple deep breaths to remind myself it would be ok . . . but then I let them run off.
I just tried really hard not to think about the fact that this would be the perfect place for a child predator to snatch up a small child, or 2 or 3, without anyone noticing because it was pretty much swarming with crazy kids and parents going crazy trying to keep track of them all. I had Abigail stick with Elisabeth, and Isaac with Samuel, and then I tried to follow them around as much as I could and make sure I could count them all at reasonable intervals. But it was pretty much impossible.
And at one point there was this little blond hair girl I found in tears that I tried to help find her mother. After walking her from one side to the other, I decided it would be best to just sit with her on a bench and hope her mother would come looking for her eventually. And she did - eventually. Crazy place.
But all my kids had fun, with no tears or injuries, no one was misplaced or left behind, and I got some cute pictures of them to boot. It was a fun time. :)