I have not always shared Scott's enthusiasm that Des Moines is the world's best city (or atleast that is what one of his Raygun t-shirts says ) BUT I will say it is a great place to raise our kiddos. There is so much to do, the standard of living affords me the opportunity to stay home and the list goes on and on! One of the cool things about Des Moines is they have several free wading pools...one of our favorites is in the Beaverdale area (I think)...Ashby Park. The pool is zero entry with a depth of 18 inches, has some fountains, 2 playgrounds, lots of shade, bathrooms and a covered shelter. It only takes about 10-15 minutes to get there from our house. It is wonderful and very popular so there is always lots of kiddos there but so is the Ankeny splash park so we are used to that!
We went there for a Titus2 playdate the other day....there's the boys pretending to be sharks...and hamming it up for the camera...best buddies!
...and the ladies...Vera was a little grumpy because mommy was not holding her (remember she is all about mommy right now :)
....and what is it about kids and food, once one gets hungry, suddenly they are all fammished and want to try what everyone else brought...I always tell my mom friends, we really should just make it a potluck picnic on purpose, because that is always what happens anyway! Such a fun day...