Hey pals :) you may remember just a short while ago I had made a few promises for the New-Year. One of which was going on some outing once a month with my gal pal and our children. I am pleased to say that for the month of January, this was accomplished. Yay!!!
Our first outing was at the zoo :) and also along for the trip was her niece (4 y.o.) and my sister (young adult). The plan was to leave around mid-day, enjoy viewing some animals and have a picnic on the grass then see a few more animals. This, is what happened - we both left well after mid-day (picture preparing food and getting yourself and a one year-old ready OR getting yourself and two little girls ages four and one ready). Suffice to say we reached later than we planned. Then our usually sunny island of Jamaica became overcast and windy - and there was a downpour at the zoo. Finally, we arrive at the zoo and found ourselves to be two very over-packed first-time moms (y'all know first-time mummy's pack EVERY thing *lol*). So we have a muddy/wet location and toddlers that want to be carried and us being weighed down like pack-horses. Thank God my sister was there, she carried my son *whew*. The bags were enough for me! My poor friend had to carry bags and her daughter. Her niece was interested on our promised picnic on the grass and seeing the snakes :). After seeing a few animals and stopping to get the kids out the drizzle, we decided to have lunch (remember our promised picnic - up in smokes). So my friend spent some time having to explain to her four year-old niece why we couldn't have the picnic on the grass like we promised (poor aunt/disappointed kid). We eventually finished lunch and took lots of pictures and reluctantly became pack-horses once again. We saw a few more animals (yes, we saw the snakes, as promised *whew*) and then went home.
Despite the weather, over-packing and broken-promises (no picnic) it turned out to be a good day. We got out of the house and did something fun with the kids (goal accomplished). We also made future notes of what not to do (like seriously, we both could downsize a tonne on the packing). But this is all a part of motherhood *happy smile* and it was a great experience for all involved. We came away from this experience proving that yet again, things do not always go according to plans and that despite challenges you can still adapt and have fun (we did). We also learned to pack much lighter *grins*.
So we are now brainstorming to come up with ideas for our next excursion and are anxiously/excitedly looking forward to having some more fun. We will also be packing lightly *grins*.
See you in a bit ,xoxo