When you get a heat wave in October in WI that raises the temps to almost 80 degrees you do not let it go to waste! The girls and I spent as much time outside today as we could.
As soon as the girls woke up from naps I got them in some mud play clothes and we headed out to the backyard. I already had their buckets and watering cans filled with water and the mud kitchen open for cooking! They were thrilled. And after about an hour they were covered from head to toe in mud!
Then we moved onto the swings, slide and general swingset craziness.
Lastly we did some tree climbing! I have once again cleaned up an area at the far end of our backyard so that Sam and Avery can play in and around some big evergreen trees. Sam has seen her cousins climbing trees and when she noticed the big low hanging limbs she decided to give it a try. I helped her at the beginning and we talked about the tree climbing rules (you can only climb when mom is right here with you, we only climb next to the trunk of the tree, we always looks for the biggest branches to put our feet on, when mom says high enough you do not go any higher) and then I let her experiment with where she could around the tree and how high she could go (which was only about four feet off the ground). She did great and loved it! Avery was so cute standing on the ground underneath her, she was so concerned and confused by what Sam was doing.
We ate ice cream on our front stoop tonight and then went for a long family walk!
It was a great day and if what the weather man says will happen stays true we will have several more great outdoor play days like today!
The Nitty Gritty!
Sorry no pictures from today. As a blogger I sometimes feel obligated to bring my camera with me everywhere. But then I catch myself focusing too much on getting the perfect picture, capturing every moment and getting enough photos that I miss out on actually playing with my girls. So today I made the conscious decision to leave the camera on the table. I wanted to be in the moment with the girls and not just an observer. I wanted them to see fun mom and not just the mom that makes them look up and smile! I know it makes for a much more boring post but it makes for a more fun afternoon and in the end that is what it is all about for me!