Mark had that look in his eyes that he gets when he's planning something fun. I followed him outside to find him with tools in hand, like this....
With some left over wood and casters he found while cleaning out his parent's garage....a go cart was born.
Let me stop here and say that Mark has a way of making everything fun. I would never have thought of this. Maybe it's because I grew up in a house of three girls, with me being the youngest. For what ever reason (I shall not blame my parents...) I was a very timid (read fearful) child. Going down the hill in a makeshift sled was not something I did. I would be the kid watching by the side of the road, crying just in case someone got hurt. Mark has done more to balance me and bring me out of my shell than I can tell you. All of my adventures have been at the encouragement of my loving hubby. Just another of the many of reasons that I love this man. It's a good thing I met him early in my life. Even with Mark's encouragement, this tendency still comes out now and then, and especially when it comes to my kids.
To continue, Mark is definitely passing on the adventurous spirit to our kids. Andrew was still asleep when Mark built the cart, but you should have seen his face when he saw it. You'd think it was Christmas.What fun.
Another great, free activity we did with the family was a walk/hike to Ho'omaluhia, the botanical garden behind our house. That sounds rather sedate....until I tell you that Mark "okay-ed" the kids to bring their skateboards. It's a very hilly place, and with the gates closed to car traffic, we set off.