May 21, 2008

All Day, Every Day

The weather here has been pleasant so far. We've had very few unbearably hot days thus far and so we have either spent a lot of time outside or at least had doors and windows (the few that aren't painted shut with 99 years of lead based paint) hanging open to let in all the fresh air we can.

With the back door open, the 19 month old, who spent the winter confined to the indoors most of the time, has discovered a whole new world. If there is a sudden silence from the short one, I know he usually won't be pulling all the cards out of my wallet and spreading them from room to room, instead he'll be outside digging in the mud or the big pile of sand left over from the chimney we had built.

He is out there as soon as I open the door in the morning and objects to being called in for any reason other than to eat. Every night he's covered in sand and mud (as are all of his siblings) and I've had to increase the bath routine from every other day or sometimes even a little less frequently than that, because there are some very dirty, gritty children running around.

I wouldn't change these days of mud and outdoor play for anything, and neither would the kids -- especially the littlest, who would rather play in the sand more than almost anything and loves being free outside from morning until night. A dirty child is a healthy and happy one, right?


It's a good thing I'm not a mom - I'd just hose 'em down, clothes and all, before they came inside at night!

He looks as if he is having a ball, and he looks so much like a little boy rather than a toddler.

Posted by: Diane at May 21, 2008 01:49 PM

Oh, that's been known to happen around here,Diane, although the hose can only do so much and sometimes an application of soap is definitely necessary.

Posted by: Jordana at May 21, 2008 01:52 PM

As I read this, my oldest two are somewhere in the back yard. I checked on them about 20 minutes ago, and they were "washing" the side of the house...with water guns. We are bathing a little more frequently around here as well!

Posted by: Amy at May 21, 2008 02:04 PM

What a cutie! Looks like he is having so much fun!

Posted by: Kelsey Smith at May 21, 2008 09:12 PM