This Presidents' Day, Jack and his buddies had a date at the local bouncy house/ball pit/run until you're tired place.
It's Extremely Difficult to take pictures of toddlers at one of these places. First, they move way too quickly to capture any quintessential moments on your camera.
Case in point:
The other reason that it's hard to take good pictures at the bouncy house place is because I found myself on my feet, running, climbing, chasing, spotting, and otherwise ensuring the relative safety of my child the entire time I was there. That said, I even managed to lose him a few times. Luckily, we moms traveled in a pack, so we all had a running tab on the whereabouts of all five kiddos. (Except that time I forgot to watch where Mac was going. Sorry, Marci!)
I do recommend going to this place. But, I recommend a few preliminary measure to ensure success.
1. Caffeinate before you go. I cutely bought myself a Starbucks to take with me and enjoy while the kids ran around. I drank it (you know me too well to assume otherwise, I hope), but I also had to make all of my friends hold it for me at some point while I dashed off into the climby ropey thing to make sure Jack was OK.
2. Wear comfortable clothes, including SOCKS. Socks are required for everyone at the bouncy house place. I now have a new, $2 pair of crappy socks that I purchased there because I naively wore my Toms. I wore jeans, so my unintended acrobatics were not uncomfortable, but I saw lots of moms there in yoga pants. I was jealous of their comfort and mobility. I really was.
3. Don't be too ambitious. We had so much fun that we, the mommas, decided to go to lunch after. (Yay! Awesome plan! We're friends and we're hungry!) Great idea, except for the part where it wasn't. Jack was tired. It was naptime. And honey badger didn't give a shit if I wanted lunch.
So, we had some queso which we ordered for the table, and then beat a hasty retreat for naptime and eating our food (now take-out) at a later time.
|Hey, Jazmin, want some of my queso? You can totally have some.|
|Queso? Check. Mardi Gras beads? Check.|
Hope yours did, too.