Between work, school, sports, and everything else that keeps us moving, a snow day at school was the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with the kids.  There are several good sled riding hills around us and we spent the day at Cascade Valley Metro Park.

This is a nice park that has an easy hiking trail and a good viewing spot next to the Cuyahoga River, perfect for quick evening hikes after dinner during the warmer months.

However, it is winter time in Ohio and we weren’t there for the scenery.  The kids were itching to burn some energy and what better way than to catch some speed flying down the hill in sleds and hiking back up this monster hill dozens of times.

I started off riding down with little ones (mainly because I wanted to zip down that hill) but a couple times down and they were ready to take the hill on by themselves.

Getting outside, spending time with the kids, and making memories is what snow days are made for.


Would we go to Skyzone again?!

Being a family with four kids and living on one income, most of what we do is budgeted and planned for. And to piggy off a previous post, we enjoy getting gifts that are things we can do with the kids (which this was, thanks to Aunt Gail and Uncle Greg). Of course, we try to plan fun things and do different things with the kids, but when you are talking almost $100 for all 6 of us for an hour of fun, it’s not always feasible. Because we are focused on becoming debt free, we have to make sacrifices and choices on what we can do with the kids, generally leaving only “free” options on the table.

However, this Christmas we received a gift card to take the kids to Skyzone.  If you haven’t been or heard of this place, well, it is a blast! Trampolines from wall-to-wall and best of all, the whole family was jumping, from our two-year-old to us old-timers! (It did take a few minutes to get used to the motion of a trampoline at this age though.)

The kids have all been off school for over two weeks for the holidays and then we had a few snow days, so we decided to take advantage of our last day at home before getting back to the daily grind and it was the perfect way to go get out some energy after not leaving the house for the last 4 days because of the cold.

When we arrived, we had to fill out a waiver and get the “Skyzone socks” to be permitted to go and jump to our heart’s content.  Once we were socked up, we headed straight to the foam pit.  Testing our best natural abilities in flight, we launched ourselves several feet into the air and falling quickly to a large pit of foam square blocks.  Within the foam pit was a swinging ladder where Paul showed the kids how to climb it without falling off.

Parker was the first to attempt the ascent to the other side of the pit.  Slowly and skillfully working his arms and legs slowly and meticulously to maintain his center of gravity, Paul would call out instructions for him to follow.  Halfway through and Parker was on his own, finally making it the other side and earning a Skyzone Wristband.

Next was Eli, half the size of Parker, it was an impressive feat to watch him spread his little body over the unstable ladder and control it.  Slowly but surely, he mastered each rung, pulling himself to the other side of the pit and earning himself a wristband as well!

After the pit, we all went and jumped in the large jump area. Sure enough, Paul was up in the air calling out poses and twisting his body in funny configurations in which the kids would work to mimic. It is amazing how quickly kids adapt to new scenarios and adjust to conform to their current situation. Each kid with a big smile on their face was laughing and working to twist their bodies quickly to keep up and even come up with their own silly poses.

An hour of straight jumping was a blast! What an exceptional way to get out and do something fun and active.


Adventure in the CLE

The kiddos at Edge Water Park in Cleveland, Ohio, 2017.


We had the opportunity to take a day and head to downtown Cleveland this past summer with the kiddos.  The goal was to find each script Cleveland sign and visit the West Side Market, which is a must.

The first stop was the Cleveland sign in Tremont and then we took some time to walk around and check out the town.

Cleveland script sign in Tremont, overlooking downtown.
Cleveland script sign in Tremont.

The next stop was to West Side Market, where we shopped for fresh fruit and veggies, enjoyed pepperoni bread, cannolis, and macarons from a local Italian bakery.


View from the balcony of West Side Market.

The next stop was the second of the script signs by the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, we battled traffic and crowds as it was a busy Saturday but worth it to let the kids run around the lawn for awhile.

Cleveland script sign in front of the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.

We then headed over to Edgewater Beach Park to hit the last of the three signs. On our way there, we spotted so many people enjoying the beautiful day on the beach so we stopped and I’d say the kids loved it!

Kids at Edgewater Beach in Cleveland, Ohio.
Kids at Edgewater Beach in Cleveland, Ohio
Kids at Edgewater Beach in Cleveland, Ohio.
Edgewater Beach script sign.

Our stop at the last script sign was the quickest, we were all tired after a long day exploring the city and ready to go home! Even with the kids’ young ages, this was the perfect day of fun spent together and us adults enjoyed every bit of it too!

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