Family Fun: Picnic

Today we were invited to visit Ken’s grandmother Bea for a picnic at her assisted living community. The facility puts together a family picnic each year with good food, music, and various fun activities for the kids.

After lunch, most of the kids large and small had ice cream. Steve generally avoids ice cream, but he did go to the truck to get me something yummy to eat. He’s a good boy. 🙂 Tobin had two popsicles though, one Spongebob and one Spider-Man, so I suppose he was just doing his job and eating Steve’s portion for him.

Ice cream truck

Ice cream truck

Grandma Bea

Grandma Bea

Tobin eating his Spongebob popsicle.

Tobin eating his Spongebob popsicle.

It’s probably a good thing Tobin had all that sugar from the ice cream because I’m sure he needed the energy to jump around in the bounce house. He loves those things.

Bounce house

Bounce house

Hoppy and Nunya didn’t get to go jump in the bounce house. They rode around all day in Dad’s pocket instead.

Hoppy and Nunya

Hoppy and Nunya

My boys are not necessarily fond of clowns, especially Steve, but I have to admit that this particular clown could make some pretty cool things with balloons. The clown didn’t speak, so he didn’t ask the kids what they wanted him to make. Apparently, he knew Tobin well though because he made him a balloon sword.

balloon sword

balloon sword

Steve would have preferred that the clown just ignore him, but that was not to be. Instead, the clown made him a neat elephant mask. I’d never seen that particular one before. It was kind of cool. The clown also made Tobin a snail hat from balloons, but my camera had died by then so I didn’t get a photo.

elephant child

elephant child

Steve eventually recovered from his traumatic clown experience. 🙂

They also had someone there to do face painting. The boys didn’t want their faces painted, but they did get something small painted on their arms. Tobin chose a dragonfly, and Steve went with an eagle. I’m sure the ladies would have been impressed by their “tattoos.” Sadly, I have no photographic evidence of their cool body art due to the death of the camera batteries.

For the “big kids” there were four antique automobiles to admire. Unfortunately, I was only able to photograph two of the four vehicles, but Steve and I did get an opportunity to ride in one of the cars. (Not one of the ones pictured though.) It was a 1926 Model-T! Steve rode in the back, and I got to sit up front. Steve found the backseat so comfy that he wanted to go to sleep. But it also could have been that it was the end of a long but fun afternoon in the sun.

Sadly, on the way home from the picnic, we ended up getting into a car accident. No one was hurt fortunately, but we were all quite exhausted by the time we finally made it home. We all ended up taking some kind of nap eventually, but I’m sure none of us looked as cute sleeping as Tobin did.

a boy and his blue balloon

a boy and his blue balloon

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