Gratitude is the sign of noble souls ~ Aesop

Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving ~ Kahlil Gabran

Joy delights in joy ~ William Shakespeare

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Kids

Today we ventured to a sunken gem of a park in Santa Monica to grill fake meats and tip a plastic cup of beer to our revolutionist forefathers. And, against all reason, we brought our two pups with us. It was a crash course in parenthood: making sure the kids went to the bathroom before we got in the car; telling them to sit down and shut up while we were driving; chasing them around the park to make sure they didn't run off with a stranger; yanking all manner of foreign objects from their mouths; seamlessly breaking a civilized conversation to scream their name after catching them in the act of any number of questionable behaviors; making them stay hydrated; cleaning up their poop; etc. And although it was overwhelming at times, it was also a lot of fun. Friends and strangers pitched in to help! The kids ran and ran and ran with their tongues dragging in the dirt out of sheer exhaustion and bliss! And when the sun got low in the sky we returned home to our sweet, sweet reward: two pups that will sleep for days. Maybe having kids won't be so hard after all... as long as they play fetch.


  1. Haha! And I'll never forget the sight of poor Pippin being too tired to even walk up the steps when we got home! It was such a wonderful day, and you are a such a natural dad:)

  2. Loved spending the afternoon with you guys, AND your silly "kids" :)