Thursday, June 9, 2011

Just Another Summer Day

This morning started out like the rest of our lazy summer mornings this week. However, when I asked the boys what they wanted for breakfast, they said Star Wars pancakes. I bought these molds at Williams Sonoma last year for Father's Day. The only time we've attempted to make them, the result was disastrous. I gave it another go. This time, they weren't too bad. I only ended up with two that went to the dog because they stuck to the molds.

Bren looks like he's on sugar overload before he even takes a bite.

Then, like Phineas on Phineas and Ferb, I said, "Boys, I know what we're going to do today!" The plan was to go to the zoo and see the new butterfly exhibit, then roller blade in the park. Apparently everyone else in Boise had the same idea. I forgot that Thursday is half price day, and when we got there, not a parking space in sight, and the line was around the corner. We decided to skip the zoo.

As I was driving around looking for a place to park, we drove by the big pond. The boys asked if we could go for a ride in the paddle boats. Since this is something we always say we want try , but never have, we rented one.

It's not easy to get a photo of all three of us in the boat.

I opted for our feet instead.

It was cool and sunny, a perfect day for a boat ride.

We saw tons of geese and ducks. Other than this little guy,

Mama ducks kept their babies far from us. We saw one duck that had 11 babies!

The Canadian Geese, however, had no qualms about swimming right up to the boat.

It was a fun experience!

After the paddle boats, we strapped on the roller blades and went for a ride. The bridge turned out to be the biggest obstacle. It took a lot of hanging on to keep from flying down.

Once we reached the other side, we bladed along the backside of Boise State, down to Broadway, and back to the park. About a mile and a half.

A shot of the BSU football field--love the blue turf!

All in all, the boys did a great job. Brendan got pretty tired on the way back, but he was a little trooper. At the bridge, he decided to take of his blades and walk the rest of the way because he was scared to try the bridge again. Smart boy! I was carrying all his gear, and almost ate it on the down side of the bridge!

Afterward, they were thirsty, so we stopped at McDonald's for frozen strawberry lemonades.
Tomorrow, I think we're going to try the zoo again and take along our bikes for a greenbelt ride. Even though these 65 degree days don't feel like summer, they're perfect for getting outside and having some fun :)

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