After what seemed like an eternal winter, we had awesome weather on Saturday to enjoy a family picnic at Pullen Park. Mike packed a low-key picnic lunch Saturday morning and we headed out. If you’ve ever been to Pullen, especially since the renovations from a few years back, you know that parking is a nightmare. Everybody wants to be at Pullen. We were super lucky to get an up close spot without having to drive around and around and around.
Abby has been going to Pullen for years. Katie didn’t remember any previous visits and this was Jeb’s very first trip (thanks to awful weather back in December…making it nearly impossible to visit the Santa Train). First order of business was to eat, and eat they did.
After a leisurely lunch, we took time to feed the ducks (and geese and catfish and whatever other things are lurking in the water). This is a favorite of Abby from when she was very young. Katie was a big fan as well. She could be heard calling to the ducks, “Here ducky. Come eat. I have bread for you.” Jeb decided this wasn’t his thing quite yet, but he liked watching his big sisters have a ton of fun.
Part of the allure of Pullen is the carousel and the train. The boys took a break while us girls went for a ride on the carousel. Katie was over the moon…until the carousel actually started moving…fast. She grabbed around my neck and almost jumped off her horse. And, even with that trauma, she still said she liked it and would ride again.
We decided against the train this go round because the line was c-r-a-a-a-a-z-y long. I’m not sure Jeb and Katie would have made it without having a total breakdown. But, they did enjoy some playground time together.
Even with all of that fun, my favorite part of the entire trip was this… getting a (good) picture of all of my children together. I never fully appreciated how difficult it would be to take pictures with so many kids at the same time. Now, I totally think photogs work hard for their money. Really hard. At least when it comes to my brood.
And, for the sake of keeping it real…