My kids are on fall break this week. They want FUN! EXCITEMENT! SOMETHING NEW!, I want quiet, reading, sewing and kids who forage for their own meals.
In the name of FUN! we hauled them kicking and screaming (well 1 out of 3) north today for some exercise and family bonding. We love Horton Springs Trail because its easy, green and has water. Admittedly we have never in the gajillon times we’ve been there ever made the full 4 miles to the end of the trail…we go maybe a mile and a half and play in the water and then head back.
It wasn’t until we were heading back that the switch was flipped for “happy family time”. The kids ran along ahead of us giggling…until my middle child spotted a TARANTULA!! crawling across the tip of her shoe and ran screaming back to me. Having never seen a TARANTULA! in real life I asked her to show me where it was, we found it crawling in some grass. No, I didn’t take a picture! I could barely look at it without squealing and running away myself.
We finished off the day with a late lunch at our fav. Payson, mexican place- La Sierra. The best part was that we were having a good time together, squeezed into a booth laughing together about topics other than farting. We were cracking jokes about what the kids would be like when they were parents.
As the years wax on, I know the kids won’t remember the kicking and screaming that began this trip. They’ll remember the laughs, the tarantula and positive feelings. The whole experience was a reminder to me that its worth the effort to drag my kids through positive life experiences, they will be better happier people in the end.
P.S. totally unrelated…we switched hard drives and I lost ALL my pretty fonts. boo! What are your favorite fonts? Give me some ideas of what fonts I should be sure to have in my arsenal.