The World Cup Invades… the playground

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Yesterday, I got up determined to get out of the house. As much as my kids love being at home, it seems like they need more space to roam for them to get ALL of their sillies out. The issue is, if they don’t get enough running and jumping out of their little systems, nap time is a joke! Mama is not laughing.Β  Tired kids = cranky, meltdown every five minute kids.

So, I decided to take them to a park off the beach. As we got closer to the park, I saw police cars, people draped in the American flag and Captain America costume. I was seriously like WTF? As we got to the parking lot for the park, I spoke to an officer who told me the lot was full. Wondering what was up, I asked the officer if the park was closed. Apparently, it was really packed because there was a huge party in honor of the World Cup! They had a big screen and stage up. Port o potties and food trucks were everywhere. There was music blasting. My babies and I had entered a full on par-tay! I haven’t been following the World Cup super close but it was fun to see so many fans, so intense about the game!

july dump 039After finding parking, we strolled over to the park and had some good play time with tunes from J.Lo, Pitbull and Bruno Mars playing in the background. Now I think there should always be music booming at the park. It made it even more fun for me and the kids. My babies love to dance! We played for a while and then before we knew it, it was lunch time.july dump 052

Rewind to the drive to the park. My kids were in the back seat practically begging to go to the beach. So, it was surprise to them when I said we should have lunch on the beach. They were super excited to get a chance to play in the sand and possibly get in the water. Somehow they missed me packing lunches and a blanket. Somehow…

We sat on the sand, chased birds, inspected seaweed, seashells and rocks. We even splashed in the water a bit.

Once we got home, I got my babies in the bed. They slept for HOURS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mission accomplished! There’s nothing better than well rested babies.

Since the World Cup invaded the playground, its got my attention. I’m wondering, have you been following the World Cup?

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48 Responses to The World Cup Invades… the playground
  1. LaToya
    July 2, 2014 | 9:28 am

    Yes! The park and the beach sounds like heaven!

    Heck no, I don’t keep up with ANYTHING sport related. lol.

    And I agree, there is nothing like a well rested kid. My daughter gets so dramatic when she hasn’t had her sleep.

  2. Ruthy
    July 2, 2014 | 2:30 pm

    I’m kinda following as my husband watches…but I’ve never really been able to get into soccer!

  3. Shell
    July 2, 2014 | 3:04 pm

    Absolutely! We got dressed in our US gear for each of the US games and went to viewing parties. A little bummed the US is out now, but we’ll still be watching!

  4. Debbie Denny
    July 2, 2014 | 3:08 pm

    We have not really followed World cup steady. Sounds like a nice day.

  5. Chrystal @ YUM eating
    July 2, 2014 | 3:10 pm

    I’ll take the beach any day!

  6. Jaime
    July 2, 2014 | 3:15 pm

    I have been following the World Cup a bit -it’s hard to avoid! And that was quite the party! Oh, the beach exhausts my boy. Any type of swimming does. It’s wonderful!

  7. Alicen
    July 2, 2014 | 3:23 pm

    I watched the USA v Belgium World Cup game yesterday outside on a 50ft-wide jumbo-tron. Needless to say we went home saddened by the game and covered in the worst sunburn imaginable.

  8. Jenn @ hellorigby!
    July 2, 2014 | 4:19 pm

    I did not watch the game, but it was on at work. Disappointing to have lost (even if I wasn’t following it…) but I think they had a pretty good run!

  9. Jenn
    July 2, 2014 | 4:23 pm

    I have not been following the World Cup. My Facebook feed has been though! LOL

  10. Brooklyn Jolley
    July 2, 2014 | 4:29 pm

    I watched the USA one where they tied last minute. But I don’t even remember who they were playing haha

  11. Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty
    July 2, 2014 | 4:35 pm

    I’ve seen the updates from friends on Facebook, but I confess I did not follow the World Cup at all. Football is really the one sport I watch religiously.

  12. Meg O.
    July 2, 2014 | 4:38 pm

    Haha! What an awesome surprise!! Glad y’all had fun!

  13. Carly
    July 2, 2014 | 5:02 pm

    How funny! Glad the kids got to eat at the beach after all!

  14. Kendall
    July 2, 2014 | 5:03 pm

    No, I know nothing about the World Cup. I know it’s a soccer game and that’s pretty much it! lol

  15. veronica
    July 2, 2014 | 5:33 pm

    I haven’t been following the games but I know my friends in Jamaica are glued to the TV.

  16. Mitch
    July 2, 2014 | 5:35 pm

    I follow the world cup in so far as I was hoping for the American team to do a great job. They did, so i am happy. I live in NYC, the streets would be filled with fans, it was a great feeling of everyone coming together!

  17. Lori
    July 2, 2014 | 5:41 pm

    That beach looks heavenly! I have not kept up with the World Cup very much though.

  18. Pam
    July 2, 2014 | 6:04 pm

    I love it when we go to the park and something fun is going on. It’s always a great surprise.

  19. Laura
    July 2, 2014 | 7:02 pm

    Park and beach time. That does sound like heaven. What a great way to spend time with the family.

  20. Liz Mays
    July 2, 2014 | 7:34 pm

    I’ve been following it on social media, but not on TV. I haven’t watched a single game.

  21. Mary
    July 2, 2014 | 7:57 pm

    How fun! My boys would have loved this. They have been playing soccer DAILY all summer

  22. Annette Silvestre
    July 2, 2014 | 8:18 pm

    Yes, we have been following the world Cup, mostly watching Italy and Portugal and catching other games when we can

  23. Kara
    July 2, 2014 | 9:06 pm

    That looks like soooo much fun! I watched the game as well. What a bummer!

  24. Rosey
    July 2, 2014 | 9:20 pm

    Playing outside, especially at the beach, does wear the kids out and make them sleep very well. Come to think of it, it does that for me too. πŸ™‚

  25. Carly Bellard
    July 2, 2014 | 10:30 pm

    It is so important to get the kids out of the house! Gotta save your sanity!

  26. Kiwi
    July 2, 2014 | 11:29 pm

    #2956 reason to move to LA…random parties on the beach!!! That sounds so cool, and too bad for USA losing oh well. No I didn’t follow The World Cup I am not a bandwagon fan…I am just a Laker Fan (#2957 reason to move to LA).

  27. Kay Adeola
    July 3, 2014 | 12:05 am

    We have watched just about every match,I normally hate watching sport on tv but hubs is watching them all so i kinda have to also lol.

  28. Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    July 3, 2014 | 3:35 am

    My husband works in the city (Boston) and he texted me a picture one day last week because they set up a huge screen outside of city hall and had a huge viewing party. He could see it from his window.

  29. Janel (A Mom's Take)
    July 3, 2014 | 5:57 am

    Sounds like you had an interesting day, but at least you have the ocean to run to. I miss living near the coast. Have a great 4th!!

  30. Sarah
    July 3, 2014 | 6:30 am

    There really is nothing better than a well rested baby πŸ™‚

  31. Ashley
    July 3, 2014 | 6:49 am

    Love going to the beach!

  32. Melissa
    July 3, 2014 | 6:54 am

    How fun!! I haven’t really been following, I need to!

  33. melinda
    July 3, 2014 | 7:01 am

    i didn’t watch much of the games. I kept updated on wins and losses though

  34. Mrs. Pancakes
    July 3, 2014 | 7:16 am

    Seriously every city should have a beach…we would practically live there. My son had a blast. Glad the kids enjoyed themselves!!

  35. Rebekah
    July 3, 2014 | 7:18 am

    The only world cup stuff I watch is when my husband is tuning in and I glance up… not at all a soccer fan. I wish we lived close to a beach so we could do lunch like that! How fun!

  36. Jessica (Savory Experiments)
    July 3, 2014 | 7:49 am

    That is super fun! Maybe you could bring a small radio to make your own music!

  37. Deidre
    July 3, 2014 | 10:52 am

    We watch the world cup non stop. SO sad about USA.

  38. Amberly
    July 3, 2014 | 11:51 am

    It looks like so much fun!!! πŸ™‚ Way to get out and enjoy life!

  39. Krystal
    July 3, 2014 | 12:22 pm

    I’m pretty sure I’d like my toes in the sand myself right about now. Happy weekend!

  40. Christina S
    July 3, 2014 | 12:41 pm

    We don’t follow the World Cup at all. I could definitely go for a park party and then lunch at the beach though.

  41. Christie
    July 3, 2014 | 12:44 pm

    I’m only following because my husband is a fan! Sad the US is out now

  42. Cassie @ Southeast by Midwest
    July 3, 2014 | 2:07 pm

    My hubs has been watching a lot of soccer lately. I really enjoy watching it with him πŸ™‚

  43. kim
    July 3, 2014 | 6:26 pm

    My husband watched some of it, but I’d rather be at the beach!! Going there next week as a matter of fact!!

  44. Hima Rajana
    July 3, 2014 | 10:28 pm

    Sounds super fun! I love going to the beach!

    xo, Hima
    Hima Hearts

  45. Raewyn
    July 4, 2014 | 2:02 pm

    Aww park/beach trips are the best!!

  46. Jenni E. {Sweet Pennies from Heaven}
    July 5, 2014 | 9:46 am

    I agree with you, nothing better than well rested babies. Seems like time outside and in the water makes them so tired and then they sleep so good. It sounds like you had a fantastic time!

  47. kristine foley
    July 5, 2014 | 2:59 pm

    Lunch on the beach is always a win πŸ™‚ And seriously how cool to have a whole party for the WorldCup! Sounds like my kinda place!

  48. Janeane Davis
    July 8, 2014 | 11:01 pm

    I have not been following the world cup, but I have been enjoying my friends following and enjoying the games.

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