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The Park

Jeffrey is three and Baby May is now 10 months old. She does well in the Kelty Frame Pack we bought for Jeffrey when he was this age. Similarly she does not make a peep when she is in it. Even when I am bounding after J with the new kite I bought him yesterday.

It's all Target's fault. They have that $1 aisle as you immediately enter the store. And Jeffrey saw the kite, "Just like Little Bill's."

"How can you say no to a dollar?" Said the Marketing Genius at Target.

So the next day we were out flying a kite. There wasn't much wind, and we got it stuck in a tree. I finally dislodged it, but the thrill was gone for J. He had moved on to the park equipment. A few days later the wind was better..well stronger. It took the kite and whipped it around and finally one of the nylon seems broke and the kite lost all structural integrity. I will probably fix it some other day...But the wind was just so fantastic I couldn't resist. I went to a kite store and bought him a modest $14 kite. This one was constructed much better. It was larger. It was Purple (J's fave color), and it took all of three seconds to put the cross member in and tie the knot. J didn't have to run, I just let go and the kite was in the air.

We had it out about 150ft...the full length of the string provided. It got caught in a tree. But the wind was so strong it lifted it out again. But the string was still attached. So now the tree was flying J's kite and all he could do was give it more string or let is get closer to the tree. After about ten minutes of the kite twirling around and smashing into the branches, I broke the string which let the kite break free from the tree. The string flung through the branches and the kite landed about 200 yds. away over a hill.

We finally made it there. Hiking 200 yards with a 3 year old is hard work...not to mention the 10 month old on your back...who was playing with my hair...or lack of hair.

So we recovered the kite. Move to a less treed area, and J had a good 30 minutes of uninterrupted kite flying while it danced, looped, shuddered and pulled. Finally, it spiraled to the ground and J decided to go play on the equipment.

Mary Lynn squealed when I put her in the swing.


Jeffrey, May, kids
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