It seems like everywhere I look I see people spending lots of money on fancy gadgets and toys for their children, and sometimes I end up feeling guilty for not shelling out big bucks for my kids to have the latest and greatest. But then I remember that kids are really easy to please and that it doesn’t take the latest and greatest thing to make them happy. Sometimes all it takes is a stroll through your old alma matter.
Today we loaded up the girls and their stroller, and we headed out for Aggieland. I’ve been taking Kora and Lila to Aggieland once a month for Lila to participate in the Infant Cognitive Lab, so I had to clarify to Kora that we weren’t going for that reason. I didn’t want her to get her hopes up that she was going to get to play with her Aggie friends. We told her that we were going to Aggieland for a walk through the campus.
Our walk got off to a slow start – about 5 minutes in, Kora was ready for a snack. Once Lila heard the word snack, she needed one too. In order to keep walking, Thomas filled Kora’s pockets (she had the pockets in her shorts as well as one on her shirt) with animal crackers! Kora thought this was just awesome. As we were walking Kora dropped one of her crackers, but quickly bent down to pick it up. It seems that as soon as the cracker hit the ground, two squirrels appeared out of nowhere. They sensed that we had food! These squirrels were not bashful either; they kept walking closer and closer to us. I started to get a little concerned because these little guys were not afraid at all. Thomas tried to scare them away, but they weren’t easy to scare. As we walked away, one of the squirrels followed us. He kept checking out things on the ground as if we had dropped them. He followed us for a couple of minutes before giving up.
We made a couple of stops at some of the different fountains on campus. I really think Kora wanted to jump in, but I wasn’t quite ready for her to start fountain hopping. She was so happy when I told her she could touch the water – she loved how cold the water was. Lila really liked watching the water shooting up in the air.
A trip inside the Memorial Student Center was a must. Since Kora has been a little obsessed with flags recently, we had to take her to the Flag Room. After telling her that there might be Aggies inside studying so we needed to be quite, she started tiptoeing around the room. The student center has lots of areas for sitting and studying and Kora kept finding new places that she wanted to stop and “hangout”. Kora found one lounge area and she asked if we would hangout with her. As soon as we sat down, she got up and started scooting over several different ottomans for us to use.
As we exited the MSC, Thomas started to sneeze. We happened to be standing outside the football field so his sneezes echoed quite loudly. This entertained Kora for a while – she kept fake sneezing so she could hear her echo. “AAAAAAA-CHOOOOOO”
Kora had fun posing like one of the statues around the football field. She started out posing, but realized she didn’t have anything like the football to hold. She remembered that she had a rubber duck in the stroller so she went to get it to complete her pose.
During our walk, Lila decided that she no longer wanted to ride in the stroller. In fact, she decided that she wanted to push the stroller. Well, that was getting us nowhere fast. Kora tried to help by standing behind Lila and pushing. That only resulted in Kora stepping on Lila’s heels. We ended up getting Lila to stand on the back of the stroller with Kora pushing! These girls are a mess!
There wasn’t really anything super spectacular or special about our walk, but Kora and Lila had a great time. To them, we were out on an adventure. Exploring the world. To us, it was a way to reminisce a little about out college days while getting a little exercise.