Monday, August 16, 2010
Splashing in the City
Today my sister and I headed downtown with the 4 kiddos to one of the fountains in Des Moines. More of a cement stream than a fountain. It was one of those excursions that was utterly perfect. Its on the same block as a Starbucks, so obviously that's a huge bonus. Iced chai latte's for us, petite vanilla bean scones for the kidlets. The weather was spectacular. Nice and hot but lots of clouds and breezy. Bennett and Piper got to explore the stream that runs the length of a block. And Dawson and Quinn even got in on the action. The water was only 5 or 6 inches deep everywhere so they crawled and climbed and splashed. It was just so fun to be in the middle of the city too. I think we both said at least 3 times, "man, this is just perfect!". Not a single whine, fit, tantrum or fight. (That's what defines the good and the bad these days). Until it was time to go and realized I forgot dry clothes for Bennett, Bethany forgot a dry diaper for Quinn and we both forgot to pay the meter. So we wrapped up our naked babies and accepted the $15 fine. A small price to pay for a few hours of playdate perfection.