Monday, August 17, 2009

Saturday Picnic

After 14 consecutive days (or parts of days) at work, I was very glad to be off this past weekend.

Mom-E had a project to finish for her job on Saturday, and I was more than thrilled to hang out with the boys so that she could have some uninterrupted time to work at home and we could have some male bonding time.

So, Big Brother, Little Brother, Pupp-E, and I packed up some snacks and headed off to the pond in our neighborhood for a picnic.

We had a nice leisurely stroll to the pond. Then, we found a semi-shady spot, plunked down a blanket, and pulled out two bags of goldfish to feed to the ducks.

It wasn’t a moment before we were bombarded by no less than 27 geese and ducks. The boys chuckled hysterically while flinging goldfish after goldfish, and I relished in the cacophony of laughter.

The ducks’ tummies now full, we turned to our own bellies. The boys feasted on their favorites: crackers, granola bars, raisins, bananas, and yogurt smoothies. The laughter continued.

I was having so much fun that I wasn’t even too bothered by the fact that Little Brother REFUSED to ride in the stroller on the way home.

I must admit that I probably did look interesting with a 2 year-old in one arm, pushing an unoccupied umbrella stroller with a dog on a leash tied to one handle, while trying to keep an eye on Big Brother.

After having done a lot of power squatslast week, the upper body workout was a good change of pace.

We even made a pit-stop at the playground on the way home. I pushed Big Brother in the swing while holding Little Brother, who made karate kicks at Big Brother. The symphony of laughter continued.

At this point we were all big, giant sweat balls and all ready to go home for rehydration and a nap.

I think we were gone about 2 hours in total, but it was great to be relaxed and free from any set schedule. I even left my cell phone at home which only added to the sense of freedom.

As we’re walking into the driveway, Big Brother asked, “Hey dad, are we buddies?”

“You bet,” I replied. “We sure are.”

And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Have a good week,


  1. Awwwww....too cute of a comment. They surely know how to melt your heart. Thanks for sharing. Rosi

  2. Sounds like it was a great bonding outing for all of you boys. These are the moments the boys will remember fondly forever.

  3. Aww so sweet! YOu guys are BBFs....Best Buds Forever!
    Love, Aunt-E

  4. That sounds like exactly what a summer day should be.

  5. My second always demanded we bring the stroller (his car car) but never wanted to ride it on the way back. I"m not as coordinated as you are (or maybe I'm just meaner) I would make him push it or sit in it.

    Sounds like a you guys had a great escape in the middle of the day!

  6. Goldfish! I never thought of feeding ducks goldfish! We always take bread, but next time we go and visit the duckies, I'm taking a bag of goldfish instead. :)