Over the weekend we went to one of our favorite places, Squire's Castle. It was built by oil pioneer Feargus Squire and was originally intended to be the gatekeepers lodge for a much larger estate. The estate was never constructed. However, Squire used the castle as a weekend retreat in the early 1900's. It is now part of the Cleveland Metroparks. We are so fortunate to have these beautiful parks within a short drive from our home.
The boys love it here! Charlie informed us on the drive out that he was going to be the dragon, Daddy was the King, I was the Queen, Penny was to be the Princess and Tommy was the Knight that would protect us. Tommy piped up from the backseat as well and said "Mama, I protect you!" They are such cute boys and I just love their imagination!
The castle is only a shell of the original structure. There are no doors or windows and it is open to the elements. It is maintained by the park and still very cool to wander or run through.
The castle is surrounded by the acres of dense woods. There are some paved paths and some dirt paths that wind you around a small creek. We took a short walk through the woods, one of our favorite places to be!
These lazy Sunday afternoons are some of my favorite times as a family. We slow way down and go on small adventures. We always have a good time, because we are together.
Life seems to be flying by, especially since having the guys! Everyday they say or do something that just tugs at our heart, amazes us or even brings us(me) to tears! We want to remember it all!! We want to remember all the fun we had, all the messy fingers, and yes, even the hard times! God has truly blessed us with a wonderful family, amazing children, and each other! How grateful are we!? So here goes trying "remember"!