Our pizza party happened fairly spontaneously, really.
We were due to pick up Cooper from his morning activity and it was lunch time, so I asked the girls, “Should we get a pizza and head to the park after we pick up Cooper?” They agreed it was an awesome idea, so we pressed onward with plans.
Boys and girls flowed from the school. Cooper hopped in the car and instead of heading for home, we headed to the pizza place for carryout. Cooper was delighted. “Who’s idea was this anyway? This is fun!” he exclaimed.
When we arrived at the park, we casually made our way to a shaded area with picnic tables and got set up. It was incredibly simple. One large Domino’s carryout pizza. Soda. Some paper plates. And a few napkins. That’s it.
Simple was the word.
Almost benign, unremarkable.
But yet, not.
It worked. It was fast. And it was fun for the kids.
We ate our pizza. We drank our soda (not nearly all of it, mind you). We cleaned up. All in a matter of 10-15 minutes.
Then we made our way to a nearby park. Because for some reason, parks always work well for us.
They took turns jumping off swings.
Maisie went down a triple slide.
Then they all went down the triple slide.
They climbed up. Came back down. And climbed some places they really shouldn’t have been climbing.
They had a blast.
When they exhausted their fun at the park, we made our way along a bike path and landed at the skateboard park.
All three kids ran back and forth, up and down, on the skateboard ramps. It was hot. And the ramps were pitch sparkly black. I’m not sure how or why they ran that long. But they did. Apparently they needed some exercise. Cooper was the first to weary. Then Elsa. Then Maisie, “the baby.”
Just when I thought it was time to go, Maisie made her way up to the top of a skateboard ramp onto what looked like a big stage. Cooper, Elsa and I were sitting on a park bench at this point, so we watched as Maisie began performing her favorite songs. Let it Go, of course. And ABCs among other childhood faves. Then, after a while, Elsa joined her on stage. Cooper followed shortly. Before I knew it, they were singing ABCs, as in ALL TOGETHER, at the park, on the skateboard stage. I couldn’t believe my eyes or ears for that matter. My three children were singing the ABCs ALL TOGETHER at the park?! You can’t make this stuff up, especially when two of your kids are 10 and 12 and far beyond ABCs.
This was quaint.
This was obviously a once in a lifetime occurrence.
This was a little other worldly.
This was the motherhood I envisioned before I became a mom.
This was the moment that made me feel like I was doing something right. Even if the moment only lasted as long as the “ABCs” song.
What more can I say? The moment came. And the moment passed.
It was a simple outing. Far better than I would’ve ever guessed sitting at that fairly unremarkable pizza party table.
Another summer bucket list activity checked off. Another day at home with the kids.
Pizza party (and another park).
Total Cost: ~$12.00 for pizza and pop
Mom Lesson: Don’t underestimate kids’ ability to make fun anywhere.
Kid Lesson: Big kids are still little kids at heart.
This post is part of a summer-long series titled Summer Bucket List. This is my first summer home full-time with our three children. My hope for this series is that it will challenge me to adventure out of my mothering comfort zone, will provide opportunities to live and write simply, practically, beautifully and meaningfully, and will stimulate some some fun ideas for your summer as well! To check out the entire series, click here and you’ll be directed to the introductory post where all the posts are listed and linked for easy reading. Enjoy, friends! And have a blessed summer.