Last weekend the weather forecast promised all kinds of rain. I know a lot of you have been dealing with tons of rain lately and you're probably sick of it, but rain is a novelty for us so we were pretty excited. If it were just me, I'd use a rainy day as an excuse to curl up on the couch with a blanket and a book or a good show. But kids disrupt that rainy day coziness by bouncing off the walls after twenty minutes of being cooped up. Even Declan gets mad if we don't go for our daily walk. So instead of staying inside we decided to throw on some hoodies, grab our umbrellas, and go out and about.
We started off our day with brunch downtown, and since it wasn't raining yet we dined on the patio. Afterward we were going to head back home, but Ez wasn't ready to call it quits so we wandered around SJSU and let Ez burn off some energy. I don't know what it is about cloudy days but it makes everything green look even greener, so you'll have to excuse me but I couldn't help taking lots of naturey pictures. While walking around we came across this cute little cafe inside an old historic Victorian home with a friendly stray cat hanging out on the porch. Of course we had to stop in for some avocado smoothies.
Finally we thought there was a good chance Ez would fall asleep on the ride home so we headed back. Ez fought the good fight against sleep though, even after walking a ton, so it was onto plan B: puddle splashing at the park. Nothing like lots of stomping to wear a kid out, right? Unfortunately for us our park has a really good drainage system and there weren't too many puddles to be found. Luckily we found a stray ball lying around and played umbrella baseball for a bit. Having the park all to ourselves on a weekend afternoon is practically unheard of and Ez took full advantage of splashing in what puddles we could find and just generally running around like he owned the place.
Eventually we lured Ez back home with the promise of mac & cheese and he finally settled down for a nap so I got my rainy day wish of snuggling on the couch watching Parenthood. It was the best of both worlds.