West Jerusalem has some really great playgrounds. The Israelis have a strong culture of outdoors and activity, and we are taking advantage of it while we’re here. Last weekend was jam packed, but somehow, my husband carved out a couple of hours to head down to a local playground and let the kids run around like maniacs. Our goal was to wear the kids out so that they’d both take long naps. We succeeded (of course we did!), and I thankfully had the presence of mind to grab the DSLR on the way out the door.
Like most parents, I find my kids absolutely enchanting. As someone who wasn’t particularly close to her sibling growing up, the closeness I see between Jasmine and Grace is mind blowing. Jasmine spent a lot of time helping her sister climb onto playground equipment, pushing her on the swings, and showing her how to swing.
And of course, Grace spent a lot of time mimicking every single thing her sister did. If Jasmine wanted a snack, Grace wanted a snack. If Jasmine tore off to one end of the playground, so did Grace. And if Jasmine tripped and fell, well, Grace threw herself on the ground too.
I had planned on walking up to the train station with one of the kids when they were done, but it was hot and humid and sweaty and frankly, I was absolutely wiped from chasing the kids up and down the playground.
So when we got home, I took a nap too.