Sunday, October 4, 2009

Oct3_AnnaD_SMThis 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.

8 comments:

Christy said...

That sounds great! I hope the weather cooperates.

Infant Bibliophile said...

We love to buy memberships at all of the places we visit too. It's so nice to be able to go there for just a short visit and not worry that you're not getting your money's worth from paying full admission. When our son was born, we started asking relatives for family memberships as Christmas gifts (only when they asked us what we wanted, I mean!). It saved them having to hunt down three separate gifts for me, my husband, and son, and we enjoy them throughout the year.

Ticia said...

That looks so fun! I can't wait to see pictures from your future visits, especially November.

whisperingwhispers said...

Anna looks like she really had fun! I too was concerned that Selena would be more like a wall flower considering like Anna she is an only child, but I have discovered that due to the work we do with her and the different experiences we give her that she is more out going then most children her age. I am sure that really is the same for Anna. The more we expose them too the less fearful they are and the more expressive they become. Pat yourselves on the back for the way she is blossoming!

Autumn said...

SO bummed we couldn't make it. :( Looks like Anna had fun though!

Our Little Family said...

Oh, how fun!! I love to watch friendships with Maddie, too. We're still in the, "I'll play next to, or around you, and call you my friend," stage but I can see that things are always developing.

I'm glad you guys had a great time. We love our zoo membership and go quite frequently (even if it's only for a very quick walk around the park!).

Susana said...

This sounds like a really fun place.

I hope you get to enjoy the Holiday festivities there too!

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

From what I have learned about Anna from your blog, I can not imagine that she will EVER be a wallflower! Looks like she had a great time!!