Parks and Recreation {Spin Cycle}

We never call a park by its real name. We use the equipment on the playground for identification. For example, we go to the “boat park,” the “flying saucer park,” or the “roller slide park.” The playground down the street from us is “our park” and the playground at the school is “the red park” because all of the monkey bars, slides and swings are the color red.

When I became a stay-at-home mom with Lily, I couldn’t wait to take her to the park. I needed activities to fill my days, besides the normal routines of changing diapers and endless laundry. I started reading to Lily when she was only three months old, and as soon as the weather started to warm up, I took my November baby to the park. I placed Lily into the baby swing and gently pushed her back and forth. Lily would look up at the sky, point, and say “Appy!” which of course meant “airplane.”

Traveling with kids takes on a whole different perspective. We could be at the most interesting tourist spot ever, but if the kids spot a playground, they’re begging us to go play!

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Lily and Ed at a playground in Iowa
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Emmy on a moose swing in Fairbanks, AK

The weather doesn’t matter at all. We go to our park when it’s hot, when it’s cold, and even when it’s snowy. At the playground, my daughters magically get along.

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At our park on a mild November day

And so far, it hasn’t mattered how old my daughters are. At the ages of six and nine, they still want to go to the park to play! Now they prefer the monkey bars to the swings, however.

Do you ever visit a park in your neighborhood? Join Gretchen and me for the Spin Cycle this week and link up your Parks and Recreation blog post!


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10 Responses to Parks and Recreation {Spin Cycle}

  1. That moose swing is really neat! It’s nice to have a “thing” you can always rely on for your kids. My daughter just loves being outside, it doesn’t matter what we are doing as long as it’s “side”.

  2. Our girls loved going to park when they were younger. Even as teens they would go and revisit their favorite ones. When we bought our home they were delighted that our court had a playground in it!
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  3. My younger brother and I (and the neighbor kids) made up names for parks sometimes, too. There was one park that we didn’t know the name of at all, but it had this cool contraption that was sort of like a hamster wheel that only rocked side to side. We called it the “park that goes like this” and then made a swinging movement back and forth with our hands.
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