Who doesn't love the first day of summer, right?! There seems to be some sort of magic in the air. And with a fun name like Summer Solstice, it should most definitely be celebrated. I had big plans for water parks & frozen treats & staying up late to look at stars and the full moon! Not often do we have a full moon coincide with Summer Solstice. But literally every single of one of my plans failed...
First, Finn decided to practice his strong man skills and pull a barstool down right on his big toe. There was screaming & crying & lots of blood. It left a huge gash, and I was terrified that it was broken. After lots of snuggles & nursing, he finally calmed down only to get even angrier after I dared to put a bandaid on the wound. I think he most unhappy about the damn band-aid. Meanwhile, Liam was at swim lessons with Conor. He did not adjust well to having a new swim instructor, so he refused to get in the pool for lessons. Immediately I knew the frozen treats we had bought "special" were going to have to sit in the freezer for another day. Conor had used them as one big bribe, and it failed. So we had to follow through. I wasn't giving up on my waterpark dreams though.
We pulled into the waterpark parking lot only to notice that they had closed early for a private event! What?! On the first of official day of summer?! No way! We decide the next best thing was a splash pad; there is an awesome one with quite the mountain view near our house. So we drove there next. Well it just happens to be right next to an amphitheater, so on event nights they turn the water off early. You guessed it... event night! Literally every plan of mine was spoiled; I was probably more upset than the kids about it.
Given our situation, I was still determined to make our evening something special. We headed home to our little backyard oasis. We filled the kiddie pool, turned on the sprinkler & some jams, and were the jolliest little bunch. Moscow mules were mixed. Hamburgers grilled. And we dined al fresco. Liam got to stay up late late late and even spotted the very first star in the sky. It wasn't in the plans, but it turned out darn good. And now I have a new love affair with my camera & our simple sprinkler!
Somehow, our little summer solstice celebration turned out alright. I'll cheers to that!