Wednesday, April 28, 2010

If - At the Park

Spring is here and as surely as night follows day summer will soon be welcoming everyone to its long afternoons and family get-a-ways . With this in mind, I have decided to post a public service message to those families embarking on theme park excursions. A way to keep your head if you will...

If you can keep your cash when all about you
are spending theirs and coming to you
Encouraging forcing children to earn their spending money ahead of time is a plus (We made ours volunteer a day to earn their tickets) Also helpful is using the gift shops as an attraction - not an area to spend. We prefer to try things on, take pics and move-on. "Yeah, you look great in that hat - and now we have a pic, what more do you need?"

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
but make allowances for their doubting too;
Have a map - preferably before hand or make time to plan a route. Heck, they're free and make great pseudo-souvenirs get a map for everyone and let the kids see where you are and where you are headed. Personally, I like the rest stops!

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting
The waiting sucks, and it is tiring. In families with various ages, sending older ones off to hit certain activities is a great plan. Photo happy moments are strongly encouraged whenever you cross their paths. To prove later in life that they were in fact present

Or being cut and shoved, don't lose your smiles
Or facing hunger, allow for snacking 
Keep your backpack stocked with water and easy snacks. It is well worth the extra line.

Think of the exercise, your burning miles!
 Especially on the hike back to your car!

If you can walk with crowds and keep your cool
Or be rained on - be prepared for rain, the parks empty and the ponchos are a fortune - bring your own
Or watch your princess fill with a joyous flush

If teens take sibs willingly to swim the pool

Let them! Enjoy your break, grab a drink and walk over later!

If kids say thank you in a spontaneous gush
Come-on what parent doesn't eat that up?

If you can find your hubby's perfect toy
Go ahead a splurge - who doesn't like a keepsake?
And accommodations in which to sleep

Yours is the world filled with enchantment and joy
And which is more - memories to keep

(ok a bit long winded - but blame Kipling!)


  1. but I like Kipling...

    Our boys want to go camp next month, it's just $25 a kid- but they went a few months ago and I paid. So this time they had to do extra chores to earn the $25. (I actually just ticked it off on a chart- they had to get to $24)

    Church Camp is about $300 (each) though... not sure what we'll do about that.

  2. What a great trip. I hope you all had a blast.


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