Man oh man, where did the time go?  I have  so many things to write about and they are slowly getting buried in the pile. This year has been the busiest for us so I haven't been blogging  as much as I would like to.  As a result, a lot of our family activities remains in pictures and doesn't get  get published in my blog.  Hopefully I could  catch up  but the problem of that is, sometimes it is hard to go back to the same excitement or emotion when we did the   trip or event.  

 Anyway, this is one of those trips that we did over the weekend to take the kids somewhere we have never been to before they go back to school.  My husband's co worker  told us about the Tappan Lake park.  Hubby and I knew about the Tappan lake but we didn't know that there is a big park you can go to for family recreation.

 The park is in the middle of nowhere, thank God for  the GPS, finding it was easier.

 We were surprise of how beautiful it was there.  Since it was a state park, we only had to pay  for a vehicle  entrance which is $5 ir ten, I can't even remember anymore how much we paid lol.  It was all worth the drive because the kids had so much fun although the water was a bit cold.

 There were so many people out there and I like the fact that they have this floating   thing for the kids to jump on and have fun with.

 The place is very clean although the restrooms does not have  tissue papers but it was still clean.

 I think you can  rent a boat but I wasn't sure.  A lot of people have  their own boats I am guessing but who knows.

 As the kids were enjoying the water, there was a  woman with two kids who sat  in front of us.  She would not let her kids go to the water which I thought was odd.  I mean, why take the kids there (they were  even  in their swim suits) and not let them enjoy the water?  For me, it was kind of a torture for the kids to see a lot of children  enjoying the water and they couldn't.  The  older  child was screaming so the woman was screaming at her, I feel bad and felt very uncomfortable.  I also feel bad that the woman bought herself an ice cream and she  told the kids they can't have any.  I felt so bad for those kids.  I was  nearly tempted to offer  our fruits to the kids but my husband told me not to because the woman might turn her  anger at me.  I told my husband that I had to walk  away or else I might do something that I might regret,  so that's what I did.  I really can't understand how people can be so cruel or mean with children.  That is not something we want our future generation to grew up into.  I am still thinking about those kids till this day.  I'm still wondering if I could have did something  to make those kids a little better.  I wonder if walking away was the best I could have done.  I don't know.

 Situations  like what I have stated above, makes me want to love my children even more.  I am thankful that they could enjoy little things in life through my husband and I's effort.

 Sometimes, the best things we could give our kids is the freedom  for them to be kids.  To enjoy the things that children love.  It may be as simple as digging dirt or playing in the sand, we should let them be kids any chance they have.  Time flies very fast and happy childhood memories help them grow better human beings.

 While I am writing this, I can still feel the uneasy feeling I had thinking about those children.

 Moving on, the said park  has  lifeguards on duty too which is very important because there were so many kids  playing in the flowing play area.  There is a rest  period  that they imposed where children has to  be on the shore.

 I am very fortunate to have  children who love nature, who  obey rules and love to be around us.  I think it is very important for every parent to spend as much time as they can with their kids while they are still young.

 I am grateful that my husband  love to be around with our  children.  Not all men has that trait.

 Looking at my children gives me hope that they will be okay when my husband and I are gone.  I think they will be okay.

 We will continue to provide them  what they need and guide them every step of the way.

I do hope that we would live long enough to see them succeed and be happy of what they  do in life.  I always pray that they would grow to be independent, strong, and happy individuals.