|We took the long way home. Again.|
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|Tuesday, 08 October 2013 20:55|
Whenever time allows, we always take the long way "home".
It's how the husband and I found ourselves eating oysters with Peter Gammons (BIG deal for my baseball obsessed husband) under a bridge in some hole-in-wall bar in Florida. That's also how we discovered the most amazing schnitzel, the size of our heads, on the Danube river in Budapest - we still talk about that schnitzel fifteen years later. Although we were completely lost, on our long way home in Paris, the kiddos discovered an amazing topiary maze park that we spent hours in.
But the beauty of taking the long way home is that, it's best, when actually taking it home. There's so much to discover in your own backyard.
On a recent weekend pumpkin-picking field trip in Wisconsin we decided to forgo Chicago's 94 and take the backroads. We knew that it would add at least 45 minutes to our commute but we entertained the kiddos with looking out the windows to see country living. Their little noses were glued to the windows like people on a safari. "They have horses AND have emus" "I'd rather have a cow instead of an emu" "But emus are cooler than cows." "Emus smell more than cows." "Look... another pumpkin patch, can we stop?" "I would rather have an emu instead of a pumpkin!"
One thing all the kiddos noticed, on our long way home from Wisconsin, was a giant "spider web" off of Sheridan road.
"Stop, Dad! Stop!"
"Did you see that, Daddy?"
"Turn around, Jeff!"
"Why? I think the kiddos spotted a cool park. Let's check it out for five minutes."
We were in Waukegan, Illinois - crossroads Sheridan and Greenwood when my kiddos spotted this...
A free park that was so stinking awesome - behind Feenie is an adult sized person trying to climb up the "spider web".
The park featured two gigantic slides that my kids sped through, in timed races.
And had three floors of make-believe fun.
Remember the old merrry-go-round that was thrown out of every park because it landed in serious concussions? Here's the revamped version!
I'm so thankful that our little family puts up with our "long ways home" because we'd never be able to discover the things along the road that make our ordinary life so extraordinary. As long as the kiddos can handle car conversations with me, we will be taking the long road home after every little adventure. For the record, I'd much rather have a cow over an emu.
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