My goal for this summer is to spend as much time outside with the kids as possible. I've mentioned before Maggie's love of downtown, so last Monday (the 15th) was the Parade for the Penguins Stanley Cup win. I don't know what in the world I was thinking, but I took the kids(alone) to the parade and on an adventure downtown. We had to get up EARLY to get downtown to find parking (we were parked and downtown two hours before the parade started, and it was already packed) and try to find a good spot for the parade.
It was HOT and HUMID, and there were supposedly over 350, 000 people there( i believe it) and it was just a mess honestly. You couldn't move, and honestly Maggie is the only one who saw the parade because she was standing up on a window ledge next to some other kids. This very nice old lady who helped me re-apply sunscreen to the kids literally passed out on the back of me during one point of the parade. Her husband was there with her, and thank goodness she was okay, because it was in the middle of the parade and I don't know if we could have gotten her any medical attention. I gave her a good deal of our water, and a white towel to cover her head with, and blocked her behind me so no one would trample her while she rested. It was just that crazy!
The closest we got to the players was after the parade, Maggie waited on the corner for them to get on the buses with their families and then drive by us. Maggie got Malkin to wave to her, which was the highlight of the parade for her.
After the parade we went and sat under a tree to cool off for a bit, then went and had some lunch. I surprised Maggie by going to the fountain at the Point after lunch. She has asked to go there for so long, but parking downtown is miserable and I hate going down there if i don't have to! The next collage is from the fountain. Fionn didn't quite understand that you couldn't go IN the fountain(either did the people IN the fountain) and got very angry with us when we wouldn't let him in! He finally fell asleep at one point! It was a great way to spend a couple hours! In the picture below where Maggie looks like she's giving a peace sign she's singing the song 1,2, 3, 4 by the Plain White T's. It should be playing now!
We finished out our big day of adventures by walking to the "subway" and taking the train back across the river to our truck. Maggie didn't even want to take her eyes off of everything to even take this picture, she was just loving it! It's awesome to me that something as simple as a train ride makes her day!
We've been on MANY more adventures already in the last week. We didn't take the camera for all of them, but we will be sure to keep posting all of our summer fun!