We all got sick, so poor Joe spent his vacation taking care of almost everything. (Wonderful man that he is) The big bummer is that we didn't have a chance to have any fun. No trips to the zoo, park, whatever. We had specifically planned a family trip to the Siliman Aquatic Center up in Newark. If there's one thing we really lack in the Bay Area its indoor play spaces. This one specifically is an indoor aquatic center. Not just an indoor pool. We've got those at the Y. This place has a play pool with this great play structure and a deep water pool with 20+ foot tube slides surrounded by a lazy river. And since its a non profit, it's actually fairly reasonably priced. But we didn't get to go over Christmas.
So we got to go today. Adding to the fun was my parents also joined us. The kids had a blast playing in the water, floating in the lazy river, Ike is just tall enough my Dad got him on the tall tube slides. We got there shortly after they opened at 1 and left around 5. It was an excellent day, all the kids were amazingly behaved, everybody got tired, we had a good time...and we didn't spend a whole lot of money (entry fee for the 5 of us and a run to the snack bar cost $35.00 total). Next time I'll know I can bring in my own snacks and water and will save a few bucks there. It was cheaper than a trip to the movies and is a much healthier family activity.
These are the trips/family memories I've been living for. Actually going out and having fun with my kids without a lot of stress or fighting. I'm looking forward to (hopefully) more trips like this one.
The kids definitely want to go back.
Elli went home with Mom and Daddy to spend the night, we stopped at the Great Mall to shop for some jeans for Ike (kid shot up, size 5 fits great in the waist...but they are waaaaaay too short. He shot up since Thanksgiving.) Gwen fell asleep on the way home from the mall, Ike and Joe are playing games on the PS2.
It was a great day.