Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Family Fun Day At JFK Arboretum

Last Thursday our family decided to ditch the schoolwork and chores and head out for a family fun day!  I love the freedom and flexibility of homeschooling!  Our trip was decided last minute (like lots of things we do) and so we dressed quickly, fed the animals and grabbed a picnic lunch before setting off...

Daddy Thought This Was a Great Way To Carry The Ball!

My husband and the little kids cycled around, whilst Amy and I walked, talked and enjoyed the scenery.  They were able to cycle around the winding smaller paths and meet us back on the larger walk way quite often, which worked out nicely for everyone.  Meg loved being chauffeur driven by Daddy!  Even though our spring time has been very cold and overcast, for the majority of the year so far, that day was GLORIOUS!  Sunny and hot; we were so glad that we had decided to go! 

Once we were about halfway around the walk route, we came to a lake and decided to plonk down and enjoy our picnic.  I was worried about Meg running for the water, but I needn't have worried as she was perfectly behaved.  For our picnic we took:

Sourdough Bread
Raw Cheeses
Tomatoes and Cucumber
Oranges and Apples
Scones and Jam
Kettle Chips (yes, yes, totally bad - but a one off!)
Orange Juice and Water

It was SO peaceful, sitting and eating by the water!  Also, because the public schools were in session, we practically had the whole place to ourselves.  After we had all eaten our fill, Daddy took Meg off to pick flowers (only daisies and buttercups - not the flowers grown there!), whilst Amy and I packed up the lunch things.  The guys headed off on the bikes once more, and we ambled off toward the kids play area. 

Pretty Girl!

Meg LOVES Hummous!

She Ate Almost One Full Tub By Herself!

Oh my what a walk that last part was, we were so sleepy from eating out in the sun!  But once we were at the play area, everyone was re-energized and ready to play!  Daddy and I supervised as the little ones played.  Amy was busy enjoying the fun from the shady seating area, and she took some nice photographs of the little kids on her camera.  After thirty minutes or so, lots of kids arrived from the nearby schools, so we headed back to the cars to drop of the bikes and bags.  My kind hubby then treated us to a ride on a pony and trap!  This was Meg's first ever time being up close to a horse, and she was SO happy!  The drive takes about twenty minutes and by the time we were back she was almost asleep.  What a fun time!  Meg is still talking about riding with the "hor-hee". :)

Almost There!

King Of The Castle!

Sweet Sisters!


1HappyWife said...

Looks like such a wonderful, fun time! It is so beautiful there. All those sweet smiling faces are just adorable :). Thanks for sharing your day with all of us. Jonathan wanted to stop and read "Dylan's blog" :).
Have a blessed weekend!

Nicole Pelkey said...

It's so beautiful there!!! Looks like everyone had a fun time and the lunch sounds delicious. Even the kettle chips ;) yummm.

Beautiful pictures!!