We went to an indoor Jungle gym sort of place. It’s about 45 minutes from our house. We have been there before, certainly. But this was summer vacation. It was a spontaneous decision to take the trip! We were going to have a blast!
Little #1, #2, #3, and I piled in the car and headed down the road with my sister and her kids close behind. In the short 45 minute ride there were approximately ten lane changes, one toll, eight name calling episodes, five toys flung, 20 “are we there yets” uttered, and one stop for gas. Let’s just say I was happy to be out of the car.
Upon arrival we checked in and got settled. The kids immediately took off and they played for a solid three hours. On their frequent stops at the table, I noticed that they were really hot and sweaty. Hopefully they were getting all that energy out so the ride home would be less eventful than the ride there.
As the three hours of constant climbing and movement came to an end we prepared to say goodbye to family and get in the car for the journey home.
First, there was a bit of the same bickering and loudness that we had on the ride to the play place . However, as the noise of the tires humming along the ground took hold, the kids started to drift off. I began to realize that although it is very amusing to watch the kids having fun….there is nothing quite like the quiet on the way home.