After weeks of record setting rain in San Diego, we finally got a beautiful weekend day! Our little crew headed to an idyllic local pond for some much needed outdoor play. I had discovered it through a friend, nestled away behind an industrial park. Who would have thought?
Pebbled paths, sunbathing turtles and some dog-like ducks awaited. We practically had the place to ourselves! Craig can confirm that I couldn’t stop grinning like an idiot and saying how beautiful it was. The constantly buzzing iPhone in my bag quickly became the last thing on my mind and instead, nature took over. Literally.
Kayla and Blake were quick to greet the “duck twins.” Two black and white ducks who paddled along the edge of the pond, always just a few feet back. This novelty was not lost on Blake.
Then, there was my favorite new friend. Meet Papa Duck. He was easily the size of an overfed cat and not even a little bit shy.
While Kayla and Blake ran ahead, Papa Duck escorted me and our Bugaboo Cameleon3 Elements stroller around the pond. As a second time mom of a toddler, I know. Bring the stroller. It’s not for the way in, it’s for the way out. He was like the best trained dog I’ve ever had. I walked, he walked. I stopped, he stopped.
And believe me, I stopped a few times to capture moments like this. Siblings. All of ten minutes before I was begging them to stop antagonizing one another in the car. Now, here they were holding hands and chatting all on their own.
Two and a half years into the adventure of siblings, I still question their near six year age gap. I often wonder how close they will be, or if we should have had them closer together like most people do. Moments like these remind me that their experience as siblings is theirs along to carve out. And that I seriously need to get over making comparisons to the 2-3 year gap that nearly all of our friend’s kids have.
After a long lap around the pond we had a picnic lunch. Papa Duck continued to act like the family dog, patrolling the area under Blake for crumbs. Smart duck. Then we moved on to the part where my kids entertain themselves with nothing but nature to help them.
Yes. Not a toy in sight except the ones provided by the latest storm. Sticks were everywhere. Which absolutely made Blake’s day, but also made for some bumpy terrain. That’s when you can appreciate Bugaboo’s signature wheels. They’re built to navigate situations like this with springy shock absorption giving your most precious cargo a smooth ride.
The extendable canopy manages to be sturdy, sun blocking, breathable and stylish. The deep blue to gray melange gradient is totally my style. Can you tell? I didn’t notice it until Craig pointed it out, but I spend at least 40% of my days in blue jeans and some form of a gray top. Even my favorite Toms are a gray melange.
Bugaboo’s Cameleon3 Elements stroller is a limited edition version of their famous Cameleon stroller. The very first stroller I had eight long years ago with Kayla. Coming from Manhattan it was the only stroller you’d see that could easily navigate constant curbs while keeping a slim profile on the sidewalk. So it feels full circle to pop Blake into a Bugaboo while we make new memories as a family of four.
Thanks to Bugaboo for sponsoring this post.