This past weekend Arica went on a MUCH DESERVED girls weekend. She and a friend left town for some shopping and relaxation. This left Braden and Dad alone together for the longest time to date.
I had a church board meeting on Sunday so we pretty much were limited to Saturday afternoon for a guys day. Of course Braden took an extra long nap on Saturday. Maybe he knew his Mom was gone and wasn't too interested in getting out of bed. I finally woke him up because the daylight hours were waning.
We went to get a chocolate milkshake and headed to the park. The milkshake was an iffy choice because it was getting cool late that afternoon. My hand nearly froze off and Braden wasn't interested at first because he had too much exploring to do.
The park was packed on this particular day. I am sure everyone has cabin fever. If the sun even threatens to come out people are flying kites and wearing shorts like it is the middle of summer. I saw plenty of blue-lipped geniuses out in short sleeves that day. I guess Winter can make us all a little crazy.
Braden was happy to see all the other park goers. His first move was to run off towards the basketball courts. Like I have said before this kid loves basketball. I figured that the teenagers wouldn't care for him interrupting their game so I headed Braden off and turned him towards the rest of the park.
Braden didn't want to slide or swing. He only wanted to go hang out with the largest group of people he could find. He wandered around every piece of playground equipment looking at all the kids. Once he had seen them all he headed for the pond. We threw several sweet gum balls into the water. Braden wanted to either get really close to the water or actually get in the water. We had to leave the pond.
It was getting cold by now so we started our walk to the truck. As we went Braden found a renewed interest in the chocolate shake. I fed him bite after bite. If I was too slow he grunted or said "bite" with frantic hand motions included. I guess he likes milkshakes like the rest of the planet.
It was a fun time even if it was cut a little short by napping and mother nature. I really look forward to the spring and summer when the days will be warm and long. Hopefully then we can play outside every day. We can go to deer camp, to the ball park, to the regular park, and everywhere else.
I know this was just the first of many Father and Son outdoor excursions for us. I can't wait for the next one.