Jul 9, 201205:00 AMHoneybee Mama
No Adventure Too Small
I thought we'd start on Brookside and I figured we might just stroll up and down the streets looking at the shops, and maybe stop for a snack. As I exited onto Peoria from the highway, I remembered that Quality Thrift Store is right there south of I-44. Check it out, they have a facebook page!
Also, if you're interested, there's an antique mall, my parents' favorite Hispanic grocery store, and Allen's Coney Island all in the same shopping center. There's quite a bit of quirky fun all in one shot!
As soon as we walked in, the littles found the gumball machine. Instant gratification and a note to self I made the right decision to get out of the house that day!
Lucky us! We showed up on the day women's clothing is 99 cents! I bought two $0.99 dresses and one at full price for a whopping $4.99!
I found a couple of super cool, funky finds that I was sure my husband wouldn't approve of, so instead of buying them I snapped a pic to remember them forever!
I told the boys they could each pick one toy. Alec picked the life sized Candy Land game. The DVD was missing, but there were still all of the little pieces we can spread out to make our own Candy Land to hop around on!
Aidie picked a metal detector to find underground treasures. You can only imagine how psyched he was.
While I scoured the records for steals, the boys found a little sing-along book and took turns singing songs together. You'd never have thought that just an hour earlier they were ringing each other's necks in my living room!
Score! I found several books from the 1985 Children's Encyclopedia. I'm not quite sure what I'll do with them yet, but the pictures and descriptions are colorful and quaint and remind me of childhood. I wish there was a full set, but this will do!
While Aidan was apparently making up his own "video game," (the rules of which consisted of climbing through the rows of clothing racks and killing monsters with his laser gun) Alec rounded up the bandits in the store and I paid for our finds!
Then we decided to keep heading North on Peoria and stop in at Sonic for an ice cream treat. No joke, this is how Alec ate his cone. Oblivious and blissful!
My ever so thoughtful and introspective Aidan enjoyed his blast in another realm.
Then, since we were on that side of town, I figured we ought to stop by Woodward Park and enjoy all the old trees and the shade they offer on a Summer day.
We chased squirrels.
And winding paths.
And rocky stairs.
And played on the bridge. I have a picture of me the same age doing this very thing on this very bridge!
We finished our adventure at the swings. I happily rested in the shade, sipping my Sonic drink, with two boys who were not bickering over the roku remote or complaining about how little there is to do at the house.
That adventure was JUST what we needed, and I can't wait to do it again!
See you around town!