Sunday, April 18, 2010

Better Know a Playground, Part 3

While Wii Lego Indiana Jones does a fabulous job of babysitting my children, I am bringing you (my 3 readers) the next installment of Better Know a Playground. Today's feature is:

Scioto Park

This is a park that is part of the Dublin Parks and Rec system. It is conveniently located on the way to the zoo, so we have been known to stop there on our way home from staring at the gorillas.

The most interesting part of the park isn't the playground, or the scenic view along the river, or the way cool sledding hill. It is the giant rock statue of Chief Leatherlips.

Yes, that is Sarah at the top and Leah hanging off the side. The Chief is just one of many crazy pieces of outdoor artwork commissioned in Dublin.

The park also has a small creek running through it that drains directly into the Scioto River. The girls were far more enamoured with playing in the creek than on the playground.

Even with all the other distractions, we did manage some playground time too. There is the pre-requisite rock wall experience.

There is also a ladder tunnel that leads up through the middle of the playstructure. Mary and Leah both thought that was pretty cool.

Nana was along with the ride too. She busied herself with with swings while the girls were sloshing around in the creek.

All-in-all, Scioto Park has a lot to offer. Crazy sculpture, creeking, playground, picnic shelter. It also has an amplitheatre for summer concerts. One HUGE drawback is that the bathrooms are pretty nasty (this is after a few different trips to them). I know it must be difficult to keep them clean, but they are pretty gross.

Friday, April 16, 2010

I stink at keeping New Year resolutions!

I had only two resolutions this year: 1) blog a bit more and 2) papercraft one hour per week. I am currently 0 for 2. I suppose you could say that is a perfect record!

I HAVE re-discovered my love of reading lately. At heart, I am a 12 yr old boy, so I have been enjoying re-reading Harry Potter. While in a holding pattern after Goblet of Fire (Sarah is slogging through Order of the Phoenix so I'm waiting for her to finish), I started my first read-through of the Percy Jackson series. I finished the fourth one last night (I should say early this morning) and I'm waiting anxiously for the 5th one to arrive from Amazon. Oh, and I was suckered into reading the Twilight series too. I much prefer Harry and Percy to Edward and Bella! LOL!

One thing I have yet to master is my compulsion to read a book from start-to-finish in one sitting. It makes for some very bleary-eyed days at work! It doesn't matter what time of day I start a book, I will stay up and read it in its entirety. I seriously need to find a way to combat this!

Anyway, you could say that today is a successful New Year's resolution day because not only am I actually blogging, but I am also going to be doing some card-making tonight! Woot!

In the meantime, if anyone has any suggestions on another series of books that I should read (in lieu of sleeping), just let me know!