Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Lazy River Tuesdays

For about 12 days in May I become part of a little known group called the "Lagoon School Moms". Our local amusement park gives schools in the area (UT, ID & WY) the chance to take a day off of school and have some fun. In our town we have a day for the 6th graders when they graduate from the D.A.R.E. program and a 9th grade Lagoon day. We deal with the kids for 12 days so we can get five season passes and a little bit of spending money - which usually gets spent at Lagoon.

As most Mormon Mommies know, Monday is usually the recovery day from the weekend happenings so we picked Tuesday and Wednesday to be our "Lagoon Days". Tuesday and Wednesday are generally the least crowded days at the park and, aside from Scouts, the least crowded days on our calendar. We try to get our jobs done and get the cooler packed so we can leave the house about 10:30. We take our towels and our 12x12 pop-up shade and stake our claim in a quiet corner of Lagoon-a-Beach. We get our tubes and head for the cool water. It has been very hot the last few weeks so the un-heated water is a welcome shock! The boys are old enough that they can go off and ride the slides on their own. All they have to do is check in with me every once in a while. They know I will be either laying in a tube in the Lazy River or under the shade knitting. They know that when they are hungry for lunch they can make a sandwich, eat some crackers or chips, and have some fruit for lunch. And they also know that when they are hungry for dinner we pack up and head for home. That has been our Tuesday (and sometimes Wednesday) ritual for the past few summers.

Some of you may know I don't do well in the heat. In fact, if the temperature never went above 85 I wouldn't complain one bit. I look forward to our "Lazy River Tuesdays" all week long. It is my chance to lay around in my bathing suit, get some sun and catch up on my knitting. But lately the boys have started to get a little bored with Lagoon. I can see a day when they won't want to go to the same old water park at all. They want to lay in the sun and nap with headphones in their ears or tell me they are bored more than they want to play in the water. Well, I'm not going to let them take away my "day in the sun"! Even if I have to go by myself they will never take "Lazy River Tuesday" away from me. It is just too hot in Utah in July and August to give it up altogether.

Long live "Lazy River Tuesday"!

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