Travels with Children

The adventures I embark upon with my four young children.

Is spring really here?

The good thing about snow in April in Minnesota (if there’s anything good to be found) is that it doesn’t last long.  By Thursday, Monday’s white blanket seemed a distant memory.  The sun was shining and the temperature was over 50 degrees.

One son had gone on a half-day errand with my husband, so after school the other three and I hit the road on an information-gathering/shopping mission.  After our errands were completed, we drove through Redwood Falls’ Alexander Ramsey Park.  We did a drive-by of the small zoo (with the windows open) and then noticed children playing at the playground.  What a sight to see!  Not only was the snow gone, but it wasn’t muddy there either.  I let the kids out — without jackets (gasp!) — to run and play for a while.  This didn’t last too long, because 2-year-olds don’t like to stay on the little-kids end of playground equipment for long, so we headed for supper when trouble started.  It was fun while it lasted.

Since it was the warmest day in about six months, it seemed appropriate to head to the Dairy Queen.  Our real impetus was the fact that our allergic-to-peanuts child was with Dad, so we were safe to step inside, past the allergy warning posted on the door.  We treated ourselves to supper and an ice cream treat, just like it was a hot summer day.

I’m not sure I believe it entirely, but spring may actually be on its way.


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