Happy Monday folks!
Hope you all had a great weekend. We sure did – we were bracing ourselves for a weekend of thunderstorms and rains and hence changing most of our weekend plans, but we lucked out with the weather and had a pretty great weekend outdoors.
Our weekend kicked off on Friday night with my good friend Carolyn coming over for dinner to hang out with my little family and me. For dinner, we ordered food from our friend Seyla. His passion/hobby is cooking (his dream is to own his own food truck!) and he makes some delicious Cambodian food for friends and colleagues at a really reasonable price.
No joke, Ava has been asking me all summer if she can go to a “farm” so she can see horses, piggies, moo-cows, and other farm animals. It’s definitely been on my mind ALL summer too, but this past weekend was the first time we could actually do this schedule-wise and weather-wise. (It’s been a rainy summer).
After we all had woken up, showered, eaten breakfast, and spent time with Violet, we were off to Frying Pan Farm Park in Fairfax County! Frying Pan Farm’s claim to fame is that it preserves and interprets farm life of the 1920s to 1950s.
The actual park is quite large and includes Kidwell Farm, below, a playground, a general store, and other fun activities for people to enjoy.
There are also feeding demonstrations, chances for kids to pet the animals, and learning stations for onlookers to learn about farming back in the day.
Ava’s good friend Addie and her parents, Kathryn and Matt, joined us for this adventure which was a lot of fun.
The perk about this park? It’s free! There are carousel and wagon rides that are offered that do charge admission – which we had to partake in, of course. (Unfortunately, we were unable to join Addie, Kathryn and Matt for the wagon ride because Tommy and I had to book it somewhere by 1pm, but Ava enjoyed her two carousel rides before heading home. 🙂
Where did Tommy and I have to go after Frying Pan Farm? We had signed up for a refresher Infant & Child CPR class at the encouragement of our OB. So we left Ava and Violet in the hands of a good babysitter and took a really informative and helpful 2-hour class at my local yoga studio, Mind the Mat.
Once we got home from our class, Ava still had about 45 minutes left of her afternoon nap, so we enjoyed some quiet time before she woke up. The rest of our Saturday was spent around the house playing and eating leftovers from Friday’s feast.
Everyone, except Violet, piled into the car to head to Ava’s weekly swimming lesson the next morning. Usually I go to a prenatal yoga class while Ava and Tommy go to swim class, but on this day, we had plans to meet up with our neighbors Michelle, Brad, and their son William, who Ava is also good friends with, at the Chesapeake Beach Water Park in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland! The park opened at 11am, so Tommy and I figured it made the most sense to leave straight from swimming to Chesapeake Beach.
Before catching the last 15 minutes of Ava’s swim lesson, I hurried over to a grocery store in the same complex to pick up some essential items and then picked up “second breakfasts” (a cookie for Ava and ham & cheese croissants for Tommy and me) for everyone at the Swiss Bakery, also in the same shopping center as Ava’s swim lessons.
We got to the water park at 11am precisely and were ready to start exploring!
You may remember that Tommy, Ava, and I used to live in Chesapeake Beach and would pass this park every day. It was a shame we never had a reason to come here (we were either childless or had a newborn) when we lived here, because it’s a pretty decent-sized water park, with a lot of fun things for kids to enjoy. Albeit, it is a little dated and I wasn’t impressed with the ladies bathroom/changing room at all.
The kids, however, had a complete blast. We spent about 3.5 hours here and they still weren’t ready to leave yet.
The absolute highlight for Ava and William was the “froggy slide”.
Everyone also enjoyed time floating on the “lazy river”. And Tommy and Brad went on the “big kid” slides that Ava and William were too small for.
One thing that Michelle thought to do ahead of time, which I totally recommend, is reserve a cabana to sit under while you are the water park. The sun can be brutal! To capitalize on as much time as we could at the water park, we decided to eat lunch there and the food wasn’t bad actually. Besides the normal burgers and hotdogs offered, there were good-sized salads and wraps to enjoy as well. Nobody had any lunch complaints. 🙂
When it was finally time to leave (read: the kids were hitting meltdown mode), we decided to stop at an old neighborhood favorite in North Beach, Dairy Freeze, for ice cream on the boardwalk before heading home.
We got home around 5pm and spent the rest of the evening cooking dinner, watching TV, and hanging out with Violet. We were tired!