Playdate Plus Plus

Last Thursday Cutie Pie and I went over to a friend’s house for a play date while Wildman was at his second Vacation Bible School of the summer.  Little did I know that it would be such an extra fun experience for vehicle-loving Cutie Pie.

My friend’s parents were putting in a summer kitchen at their house so she asked us if we’d like to go over to check out the cement mixer.  Was there any doubt?  All of the children excitedly shouted “YES”!!!!  So, we piled the kids into our cars and caravan-ed a few miles down the street.

Check out this view from the backyard!  I’d love to have a riverfront property some day.  I didn’t get a photo of it but they have an amazing view of the Melbourne Causeway.  Perfect for watching the fireworks display on the 4th of July.  You can see the workers on the right (above) pouring the slab for the summer kitchen.

When we got back to our friend’s house, one of the moms offered to take us for a ride in her golf cart.  It was so awesome!  Cutie Pie was in Heaven!

We had a blast cruising up and down the neighborhood.  It was a play date to remember, for sure!


Big Truck Day

Each year our city organizes Big Truck Day for the children.  Basically it’s a free-for-all, horn-honking, cab-climbing, bell-ringing extravaganza for little kids.  Wildman and Cutie Pie have loved each time that they have gone.

For one reason or another, J has always taken the boys to Big Truck Day solo.  I’ve either had a Zumba event or been out of town or had something else going on.  This year, though, the tables were turned.  J spent his entire Saturday traveling back home from a business trip to Los Angeles.  I don’t envy him that cross-country flight.  But I do envy the trip to LA…  Maybe I’ll tag along next time 🙂

Anyway, Wildman had an early morning t-ball game on Saturday which ended at 10 AM.  It was perfect timing because Big Truck Day was scheduled from 10AM – 2 PM.  After I passed out snacks to the team we headed over to the community center parking lot to check out all the cool trucks.

The boys immediately locked their eyes on the Publix semi and ran over excitedly.  Unfortunately, the cab and trailer were not open for the kids to explore.  What’s up with that Publix?!

The “Publix Loves Kids” sticker was small consolation for the truck being locked up…

Now the cement mixer was another story!  The guy who brought it was super nice.  He helped the children climb in and showed them how to pull the loud horn cable.  Then he gave them Tootsie Rolls.  He was a hero in the eyes of the children.

The city’s fire engines were a huge hit as well.  There were kids crawling all over them, ringing the bells, trying on the equipment, etc.

I’m not sure who brought the Arctic Cat pulling the jet ski but we had to visit it twice.  I could hardly pry my boys off of them.

The boys liked exploring the cranes as well but the height and sketchy footholds made me nervous.  I didn’t want either of them to make a misstep and plummet to the pavement…  Luckily, they held on tight and there were no accidents.

The backhoe loader was fun too.

We stayed at the event for little over an hour.  The boys exhausted themselves climbing in and on the big trucks.  Since it was such a lovely first day of Spring we decided to spread out a blanket and have a picnic in the backyard when we got home.  It was wonderful!