Tuesday, August 2, 2011

hello august

It seems incredible to me that we are in the home stretch of our summer vacation.  We are fully into our summer rhythm around here and the boys have been enjoying the lazy days that summer vacation calls for. July zipped by in days full of swimming and playing with friends!  

We had a little taste of what the school year will bring last week, as the boys attended a local church's VBS (vacation bible school).  It was a rude awakening for all of us, but especially me.  I forgot, or maybe blocked from my memory, the challenge of getting three kids up and ready for three different schools with three different pick up and drop off times.  By the time I dropped the kids off for VBS I needed a break.  But then I realized something else, I was alone.  It quickly hit me that this school year is the first year that all three kids will be in school full time.  I'm looking forward to it and dreading it all at the same time.



July brought us really hot and really humid weather.  Which is not uncommon for the mid-Atlantic states but it seemed hotter than usual.  The only way to be outside and survive this weather is to be in the water.  And evidently, my children are not too particular about what type of water they are in...

At the end of our driveway there is a place close to the road where the grass does not grow (for some reason that sounds like lyrics from a country song when I read it out loud).   Anyway.  The kids wanted to play with the hose the other day and didn't want to use the slip-n-slide or the sprinkler, so I let them just play with the hose in the driveway.  This is what they came up with, they flooded our dirt and built a dam.





They had so much fun that they begged, I tell you begged, to do it again.  Since there was no fighting, crying or whining during this play I time I quickly agreed to it.  This time they brought toys out with them.



If you flood it, she will come.   Evidently, Grace loved the idea too.  Sister walked right over and sat down in the water and started playing with it.  She had so much fun





 I'm quite sure we will be doing this again.  And Mark may need a second job to pay our water bill, which I'm guessing will be double what it normally is this time of year...

3 comments:

Gardenia said...

I think water is such good therapy for children. My daughter played two and 1/2 hours in the blow-up pool yesterday. and she too loves muddy water. I try to make sure she's not wearing a good white shirt when she goes on her mud pie excursions. other than that, i let her have at it!!

Donna said...

Wow!! Looks like our kind of fun!! I can't get over Grace's playing in ALL that mess!! That is so cool! You are the BEST Mom!

noreen said...

You're an awesome mom, Anne! Playing in water and mud is a kid's delight! They can always be hosed off before entering the house is my philosophy!