This summer, I didn’t create an official summer bucket list, but we’ve had plenty of summer fun. We’ve enjoyed library story time each week, which includes stories and songs followed by a literature based craft. Last week, story time was cancelled for Big Vehicle Day at the library. Since there are typically about 20 kids at story time (with four being mine), I wasn’t expecting much from the event. I anticipated a slightly larger crowd than the regulars, and a parking lot with perhaps a garbage truck, school bus, and a construction vehicle. I grossly underestimated the library! Big Vehicle Day was quite an event. Upon or arrival, I instantly regretted not making the kids dress alike as I spied a sea of preschoolers and their parents scattered around a lineup of vehicles. Since it was a sweltering hot Texas day, we did a quick stroll past each vehicle, and then each child choose one vehicle to explore further. We saw everything from mounted police to a street sweeper and an ambulance.
It was no surprise that the girls chose to check out the pink glitzy limo from a local children’s salon. The kids had never seen a limo before and were thoroughly impressed with the sparkling interior lights and countless drink holders. Harper was underwhelmed, however. As we exited the limo, the girls had a shiny star painted on their cheeks and fairy glitter spritzed in their hair. The boys opted out of this sparkle treatment.
Mason chose to tour a recreational vehicle and Harper wanted to check out the wrecker. Since we couldn’t go inside the wrecker, Harper was allowed a second choice. He quickly settled on the Dan Dipert tour bus, which turned out to be a lovely reprieve from the heat with its blasting air conditioner.
Before heading home, I thought it was important for the kids to thank the police officers and see one of the squad cars. Much to my chagrin, the kids were totally uninterested in seeing any of the police vehicles, aside from the horses. Since my uncle is a fire chief, they’ve seen the inside of many fire rescue vehicles and have even used the radio in the chief’s car. I can only assume the police cars didn’t seem novel, that or it was just too hot. Sydney was the only one to go inside the squad car, but all four obliged me for a photo with one of the officers.