Oh my. It's been a few weeks. That must mean Tani is feeling a lot better and we have not been sitting around the house as much, staring at computers and tablets and the TV. Thank goodness, because she was starting to quote commercials. Like the other day, the kids were (and I don't know why) discussing what cars they would like to buy when they get their licenses. Because that's how life works, you get your license and then go out a buy a car. Obviously. And Tani, she said she is buying a Toyota. Because she wants to go places.
In case you're wondering, Avi will be buying a convertible of some sort, Yomi will be purchasing a GMC pickup truck, although he does like Chevy pickup too, and Tobi can't decide between a red car and a purple car. She's my daughter.
Anywho, a couple of weeks ago we visited the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. I know I spelled that correctly because I just googled it to make sure.
We had never been to an arboretum before, and it was beautiful. Even the kids who hate nature and trees and pretty flowers had a good time.
I'll show you.
Do you see that picture? It was like we were skipping through a field of wildflowers, like somewhere exotic, maybe the Netherlands?
Seriously, there were flowers everywhere.
And lots of benches. We like benches.
And even though arboretums, in general, have no admission fees, we're big suckers. We spent ten bucks on the scavenger hunt of the month. This month's (and weirdly enough, not July's) was red, white and blue. The object of the game was to find 13 out of 16 things on the list and the first was red, white and blue flowers. We didn't make it past the first because my kids insisted on debating whether or not every single flower that I thought was blue, was in fact purple and not blue. Arrgh. Sometimes they are so literal. So we put the scavenger hunt aside, had a snack on one of the thousand benches we came across and harmony was restored.
Here we have Josh and the kiddies pouring over the maps, mostly because Josh loves maps. I do not. I like to just follow the clearly marked path. That's kind of how I drive too. I don't want to hear about going north or taking State Route Whatever. I want to know that we turn right at the mailbox and go straight until the gas station. Follow the path, it'll always lead you where you need to go. I'm very deep like that.
And this is Josh praying to the Goddess of Directions that his children will not take after their mother and will, in fact, learn to read a map. He learned very early on, possibly on our third or fourth date, that I had no sense of direction. We were driving in upstate NY, going to help my aunt and uncle bring stuff back to the city from their bungalow. I was positive I knew the way, except that I totally didn't know the way. This road with all these trees is for sure the way we're supposed to be going. It looks familiar, said stupid me.
Out came the map from the side pocket of Josh's red jeep and he even invited me to come look at it with him on the hood of the car. I laughed, thinking he was joking. He wasn't. So I looked, nodding my head as he pointed things out, like blue lines and red lines and seriously buddy, these things are not roads, they are lines and they have no meaning. But I didn't say any of that. Instead I offered him a linzer cookie. I did not know much about him at that point, but I did know he liked linzer cookies so I went with what I had.
And today, I still have no idea what I am looking at when faced with a map. Except for Waze. Waze is now my good friend. Waze reads the map for me.
Now this, this photo that I took on my phone of a pretty yellow butterfly is my attempt at an artistic framing of a butterfly, in front of a purple bush. I like yellow and purple together, and if you ignore the chain link fence, I think it's quite lovely. That butterfly was seriously just sitting there for the longest time, I wasn't even sure it was real. Turns out it was, and I know that because my youngest tried to grab it.
We made it halfway through the trails before people had to go to the bathroom, so we turned around but according to Josh and his map, there's lots more to see. We may just have to go back, but honestly, I have no idea if he's making that up or not. I'll have to ask one of the kids to look at the map for me.
Are you a Mom?
Of course you are,
your shirt is dirty :)