Friday night we had an impromptu dinner party at a local park. Ashley and I picked up Little Ceasers on the way to the park and met the Dads and daughters. The two monkeys had a total blast running around and the grownups took shifts between eating and supervising. I can see this becoming a new Friday tradition for the summer!
We had never been to this park before and it is definitely a step up from the one near our house. Until recently Zoë was not a fan of slides or swings, but I think watching Maddie enjoy herself had her throw caution into the wind. It was really neat to see her trying new things and having so much fun.
Saturday we were up pretty early and spent a lot of time outside. Garret helped Elliott get his boat out of storage and Z and I patrolled the backyard, blowing bubbles, bagging leaves and collecting sticks. We had quite a wind storm a few weeks ago and back yard is covered in debris at the moment. Zo kept saying “help mama” and she would pick up a leaf and throw it in the bag. She kept wanting to rake, and shovel and do everything we were doing…I think we need to invest in some child sized gardening tools. They are doing gardening at daycare in a few weeks. Planting a veggie garden and will be tending to it over the summer. Hopefully she didn’t inherit my super power of killing everything with a single touch.
It felt good to really attack the yard and garden. We have a LOT we want to do this year and I feel like we are finally really getting to it. I just really loved Saturday. Z was napping and G and I were in the back yard and had a great chat about life and our home and just where we are right now. It is so funny, but I think with a small house, we are just on top of each other all winter and by the time spring comes we just are climbing the walls…WE NEED TO MOVE NOW! Then spring arrives and gives us the use of our giant back yard, and we start to back pedal….this place isn’t so bad, we can make some changes and make it better…learn to live with less…..We have started getting real estate listings sent to us so we can see what we can get for our money when we are ready to move. For all the things we hate about our house, we also have some great privacy, a large lot and amazing neighbours. I’m sure our tune will change again come November, but for now I am going to enjoy our yard and live it up with the upgrades we are making
Sunday I slept in (heaven) and by the time we all managed to get rolling into our errands we realized we overshot naptime. Z fell asleep on the way back to the house, so we ate lunch in the truck and hung out til she woke up.
We spent Sunday doing much the same as Saturday, digging out an old garden at the side of the house, Garret aerated the lawn, Zo blew bubbles, chatted up a storm and coloured our whole walkway in chalk. I am sensing a lot of our summer will be spent this way AND I CANT WAIT