When my two oldest were small, I set a goal to take them on a picnic somewhere new every week during the warmer months. I was working a lot, almost always opposite shifts from my husband. I kept a picnic basket in the car with napkins, tin cups, tin plates, utensils and a blanket. I would make big batches of min muffins and individually package them in the freezer for grab and go. When it was picnic day, I'd grab some muffins, a cucumber, some fruit and cheese sticks and we'd be off someplace new. Most of the time I did the picnics alone, but sometimes our schedules worked so Justin joined us. Such good memories.
I was going old photos and it just so happened that the place we randomly selected May 2021 was the same place we went together for a picnic in May 2014. The last time we were at this fort, Adrian was 3 and Audra was 1 1/2. See here: http://www.bornimaginative.com/2014/05/forts.html .
I have a mission to reinstate my old picnic idea. A new picnic spot every week. A lofty, but fantastic goal. Only now, I'm not making mini muffins to feed my crew. I've decided a hearty meal in the roasting pot, wrapped in a towel, tossed in an LL Bean giant bag with paper plates, utensils and a serving spoon is the better way to go with these big eaters.