We met for lunch first at Deerpark Restaurant, which is a wonderful new find. It is a white linen table cloth kind of restaurant with an exquisite buffet, but children 9 and younger eat free: a real winner for us Catholic families with big broods!
|Two Catholic families worth of children|
Next we were off to tour the gardens experiencing their big spring bloom. Such exquisite tulips!
|"This is my favorite shirt." -Joseph (3)|
What do two nine-year-old boys do as soon as we arrive at the breathtakingly beautiful, manicured gardens? Find a wide-open grassy spot to wrestle, of course!
Chris took all the children for a bit so I could tour the gardening shop all by myself--a treat!
Then the troops drove over to romp at the new playground and visit the animals.
|Petting a rooster|
|Petting a mama goat|
|Riding the tractor|
We really had a wonderful day, and Chris and I choose to mentally block out the two-hour-turned-four-hour drive home in which the sibling fighting was mean-spirited and the baby screamed for much of the time, no matter how I comforted him, until I finally wrapped my head in a blanket to deafen the sound and curled up in a ball to wait it out.
But except for that: a wonderful day!!!