our days of hours-at-a-time spent outside are numbered again as summer ends and the cool weather rolls in. i was given a harsh reminder today that i don't handle the cold and damp the way i used to, and i realized that we'll probably be spending more time inside this fall and winter than i'd like. fortunately, the sun was shining this morning (at least at first), so we decided to use one of our numbered days to visit our favorite park again.
our first half hour was spent exploring the tunnels, stairs, bridges, and slides that wind and twist their way across the park. one of the things i love most about this park is that it encourages kids to exercise their bodies and their minds. there's so much to explore and imagine in this place that even i sometimes get lost in the magic of it.
eventually they realized that we hadn't been on the swings yet, so we headed on over to the swing set, both kids hopping onto the big kid swings and giving me a good work out running back and forth between them to keep them going fast enough (we really need to work on pumping). from the safety of their little red swings, they watched another kiddo swing on the tire swing for about 10 minutes. once she hopped off, my little made a beeline for it and begged me to put him on- at which point the big decided he was feeling brave enough to try it out too.
to put it simply, they LOVED it. so much that they were on the tire swing for at least 20 minutes, and i had plenty of time to take a ridiculous number of photos. prepare for tire swing overload ;) many of these are painfully similar, so if you're bored you can scroll through to the end- i won't mind. i just adore the smiles on their sweet faces too much to keep them to myself.
and, since it's selfie week, i figured i might as well jump on and see if i could manage to get any in focus. somehow, i did :)