07 Jul 2016

Identical Shirts, Puppet Shows, and the Outdoors!

Summer is here and I love it. Wes and I enjoy going out to enjoy the outdoors whenever the sun is out and we want our son, Kwasi to appreciate it as well. That’s why I was so excited to hear about Summer Stages for kids hosted by the City Parks Foundation. They are providing free events for kids in all five boroughs. (The link is at the bottom of the article).

Today’s event was a puppet show; Puss in Boots at Fremont Park in the Bronx. It was going to be Kwasi’s first live show! He goes out with us all the time but this time we were going out for him! Wes had to work, so it was going to be Mommy and Son time. I wanted everything to be perfect and so I prepared everything we had to take with us the night before and even laid out identical t-shirts that he got from God Mommy Melissa. It also really helped that Wes and I just began following a schedule we created to bring more order to our lives. I felt prepared and it was going to be a great day! Definitely Selfie worthy!

If you are a parent, you probably just really laughed out loud. I have been a Mom for a year. You think that I would remember that with a 1 year old, rarely do things go as planned.

Wes and I woke up at 6:00 am, looking forward to having devotion and talk about our blog for the day. Kwasi usually wakes up between 7:45 and 8, so we should have had some quiet time. Not today.

Kwasi woke up bright eyed at energized to start the day. I couldn’t believe it. He never wakes up this early and when he does I give him a bottle and he usually falls right back to sleep. It was as if he knew something was happening today. And so, I started his morning routine, thankfully not forgoing mine.

The show was scheduled to begin at 10:30 am and so I wanted us to leave the house at 10:10 am since the park wasn’t too far. I have never been there but my Google maps is usually dependable.

We ended up leaving at 10:20 am, but I was remaining optimistic. We were going to be late but at least he would see some of the puppet show. I missed the first bus, yet luckily one came shortly after and we were off. On the bus, Kwasi was his usual friendly self and “talked” with everyone who looked his wasy. He seemed enthused and I couldn’t wait for him to see the puppets!

We get off the bus and the first thing I notice is that I don’t see the entrance of the Park. I walk a little further and see a mountain of steps. There was no way we were going to climb those steps, especially in this heat! I walk a little further asking a few people if there were was another entrance. They all pointed in the same direction so I guessed we were going the right way. I just prayed that I found the entrance soon, because we were late and it was so hot out!

Finally, we get to the entrance and I hear the kids laughing. We made it! I picked my pace and arrived on the grass with the other parents. I laid out the blanket and said “Yay Kwasi we are here!’ Expecting his usual jibberish response, I was surprised when I didn’t hear anything. My baby boy had fallen asleep!:-(

I was so disappointed. We didn’t even get to take our selfies. The combination of waking up so early and heat had rocked Kwasi into an early nap. It was then and there that I remembered. Babies do what they want and don’t have your schedule in mind….at all! You just have to go with the flow and remember in the end everything always works out…and if it doesn’t, tomorrow is another day!

Well, all wasn’t lost. I met some nice people, the show was good, and Kwasi got some fresh air. Plus we took our selfie once we got home and he woke up from his nap. I guess that makes it a productive day:-)

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Look at that angelic face:-)


The City Parks Puppet Mobile! Click this link for more info on kids events from the City Parks Foundation. http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/summerstage/

Great Performance by the Cast!


There was a nice turnout. The kids seemed to really enjoy it:-)

Quick selfie with one of the organizers of the event.

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Kwasi and I were able to grab our selfie after his nap:-)