a glimpse of summer

the weather today was, in one word, glorious.  even better than the day we went to the forest last week and i went on and on about how gorgeous the weather was.  that's the kind of perfect today was.  normally i would have packed the kids up and headed to either the park or back to the forest to take full advantage, but we were car-less today so we had to make the best of the day in our postage stamp sized front yard.

i think we did okay :)  we're not much for fancy around here-  as much as i would love a real water table for the kids to play in, we've found plenty of joy in scavenging random buckets and bins from around the house and hauling them from the kitchen sink to the front sidewalk along with some extra cups and colanders.  water is water, no matter what kind of vessel you're scooping it out of and dumping it from, after all.

one of my favorite things about these types of activities is the way my (and all, really) children grow and evolve them into something way beyond what my original intention was for it.  today i kind of thought they could fill up the two empty yogurt containers and use them to transfer water between the bins- which is why i brought three out.  i think that happened maybe twice.  instead they worked to find ways to dry off the different items we brought out once they got wet (their hands included):

and they spent some time discovering the lines of run-off created whenever they dumped a new cupful onto the sidewalk:

they also noticed how fun it was to get the stairs wet (although for the life of me i don't see the entertainment value in that), and they spotted the shadows created by flying water if they positioned themselves in a sunny spot.

of course, as they so often do, they went from being completely absorbed in their play to over it and ready to go back inside in less than 30 seconds.  fortunately, i had anticipated that and locked the door so they'd have to help me clean up before abandoning the great outdoors for a chance to raid the pantry and strip down to their skivvies in the name of drying off.  and they got some great practice in going safely down the stairs.  mom: 1, kids: 0   ;)

day 83

today's post a big mish mash of random images i took today.  the sun was shining, spring was in the air, and i could have taken photos all day long.  i made myself keep my camera in the bag for most of the day so i could fully enjoy it with the kiddos, but the times i did pull it out, i had more fun than they did ;)

first we did some running at our best friends' house.  if i was more confident and thought on my toes more, i would have actually attempted to free-lens these.  when i pulled them up in lightroom it occurred to me that they would have looked so much better that way... so i faked it with the edit  ;)

then we came home, the kids took a quick nap, and when they woke up there was a ton of warm sunshine dumping onto our deck.  so of course we stripped them down to their tee shirts and put out a few water buckets for them to play in.  usually the little is all over water play, but he woke up so far on the wrong side of the bed this afternoon that i'm pretty sure he was in the next room, so he wasn't so much feeling it. 

the big, on the other hand, has a tendency to avoid water play, but his cards must have fallen just right today because "water play" somehow turned into "water fight" with daddy, and amazing giggles ensued.

once the water throwing started, the little suddenly decided he hated water more than anyone has ever hated anything, ever.  and, since he's recently started this thing where he refuses to be touched when he's angry, i took advantage, hopped down off the deck and snapped these (please put a sara mclachlan song on before scrolling down to view these):