Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Not inspired enough to think of a cutesy name.

First of all: driving home at dusk, in the summer, through Illinois farmland is one of my favorite things to do... The endless fireflies that hover and dart over the bean fields are absolutely breathtaking. If you've never seen sunset in Illinois, may I suggest parking alongside a farm and just enjoying the fire streaked sky and the golden flickers of the bugs. It's amazing!
We had such a blast today! Evan and I made a memory that will last me forever, and him, well, probably for only a few years.... But still. It was so fun! 88 and sunny all day long. We did tube slides, and body slides and a roller coaster water slide that propels you UPWARDS with extreme water pressure. He played in the squirting area and learned how to float on his belly withOUT his floaty!! He was so proud of himself!

This also was a chance for me to recognize just HOW different are my 2 sons. When confronted with a change in the plan, Evan just went with the flow. No biggie. I was expecting him to freak, when I had to kick myself and say "EVAN, not Justin. Evan..." He was ecstatic as we were leaving and gave the day a thumbs up, which I cracked up over. And even though we were supposed to get McD's on the way home, he was FINE and dealt with the disappointment when I discovered I needed that last $20 for gas. Love that kid.

I do need to bitch a bit about people at waterparks. (can't have a good post without a complaint or two...). So, we're waiting in line for the roller coaster slide, and it's a LONG wait. But worth it. Apparently, this 20 something girl and her boyfriend decided that they were too good for lines, and were trying to cut ahead of dozens and dozens of people. In fact, they had already cut in front of dozens when they came to MY line. Ahem. You do NOT cut in front of me and my kid. He will NOT see that cutting and breaking the rules will get you special treatments. As I was going to get the attention of the lifeguard, a 12 year old girl walked up to the railing, leaned over and yelled to the guard that the couple had been cutting in front for lines and lines and that they should be kicked out! I love that girl! The guard kind of made a non-committal shrug, and we (the whole line behind the couple) were all wondering what was going on. So, I then leaned over and asked her if the security was coming, and they were!! The guard lady comes and talks to them. They appear to be lying about it and the guard left. Well. TWO security guards then came over with whacking sticks and all and this couple high-tailed it out of there! We all cheered! Seriously? Did they think they were better than us? That they had more important things to do than wait? People that feel entitled piss the shit out of me. Oh! And in the same line? A woman of about 40 (all fancied up with her hair done at a WATERPARK) asked the 13 year old girl in front of me "Is there something you wanted to ASK me???" in the snottiest, most childish manner I have ever heard. Again: WTF?? This poor girl was just standing there. Perhaps looking at the woman's suit (wild and crazy) but what ELSE are you supposed to look at in a line for an hour?!?!? Ok. So ends my bitching.

Apparently, Corinne had a memory making day as well. She spent the day with Patrick's Mom and HER mom. They went to the park and watched Thomas the Tank Engine movies, ate some pizza, took a nap, and just played all day long. As we were leaving, I told them to say goodbye to Great Grandma, and Corinne did a running hug (nearly knocked her over!) and kissed her goodbye. I LOVE THAT. I love that my children KNOW their grandparents and even a great grandparent. I never knew my great grandma. Or even my grandparents, for that matter. Oh, sure, I saw them a few times a year, but I never had the extensive relationships that my kids have with all of their grands. Very lucky little kids.


Kailani said...

I didn't realize it could get so wild at a water park. I may have to go more often! LOL!

An Island Life

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you two had a great time!! Oh, people at water parks ARE crazy!! Oh boy!! lol.

I'm glad we live closer to my parent's for that very reason you mentioned. My kids haven't had the privilege of living near either set of grandparents...now we're only an hour from my parent's!! It's so great!

Elle*Bee said...

Dear Hubby took my older two boys to the waterpark in our area. They had a blast. I was out of town for the second year in a row, so I missed the fun! (Well, I had fun on my trip, but I really want to check out the waterpark.)

(And YAY to the security guards.)

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

I absolutely adore waterparks. It's one of my most favorite things in the world to do!

PS I love that story of justice in the waterpark. I bet that taught your boys a thing or two!

Dana said...

What an awesome day! I'm glad to hear that "the cutters" had some sort of consequence. I hate that when people thing they have the right to cut in line. UGH! We're off to Paramount's Great America for the day. I hope we have as great of a time as you guys had yesterday. My difficult kid won't be with us so it should be ok!

Ruby said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful day!!!

Your kids are so very blessed to have so many generations not only still living but close enough to have a relationship with.

I would have LOVED to see the fireflies and sunset! Where's that digital camera?

andria said...

I am glad you had some great one-on-one time with Evan. What fun.

Glad they kicked the rude people out. I can't stand that kind of behavior.

Overwhelmed! said...

Oh yeah, some people can be so RUDE when it comes to standing in lines!

Thanks for your kind comment on my post about failing our home inspection. I agree with you, what they're requesting could very well be considered a fire hazard because it blocks off fire escape routes!

Phoenix said...

Sounds like a blast....well except for the idiots. And there are always some of those at every amusment or water park.

That's so cool that it was the two of you. I'm sure Evan loved it.

Miss Hope said...

Yeah, that's why we get in our van at least once every two months and drive hours and hours "home" for a visit. So my baby can go running up the front steps hollering "Papa! Nana! I here!"

I do the water park scene..but am not to thrilled about it. I'd rather take the kids than them be in therapy in 20 years messed up over the fact they never got to experience such water goodness.

Tonya said...

Glad you had fun at the water park with Evan! I totally hear you on people who think they are entitled to do whatever they want. Drives me crazy.

I am finally getting more comfortable to move around so hopefully I will be back to checking on blogs. Stupid Sprain...uugh.

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