This weekend my company had sponsored days in Gilroy Gardens – an awesome park for the crowd under 5. We were planning to go with another couple and their sons, but, unfortunately, the boys were sick. Fortunately, however, Anna’s best friend D and his papa could make it on a short notice. Anna and D knew each other since they were about 3 months old. My husband and D’s papa organized a playgroup which eventually dwindled to three work-from-home dads. It’s interesting to see how after years of parallel play the switch was flipped and the kids started to play together. I kept worrying that Anna will be a wallflower child, but it doesn’t seem to be the case. She is a lot like us in this regard – she observes a lot and forms opinions. Then she steps in and starts “sharing” them (aka “bossing other kids around”). D doesn’t seem to mind, and they really enjoy each other company nowadays. We had terrific three hours in Gilroy Gardens which gave us time to hit all the rides. By the end the kids were done, and so were adults. We finally caved in and bought a membership to Gilroy Gardens. The cost with parking for one visit is $50, so we need to go three times a season to recoup costs. Considering that we already went twice this year, it made sense. If the weather cooperates, we are looking forward to coming back in November to see the park dressed up in Tolkien’s Middle Earth theme and for December Holiday Lights theme.