I see many sunburns in my near future (well, hopefully they'll eventually just be suntans). I finally figured out a way to successfully play outside with Ben in our yard. For those of you who haven't been to our house, half our lawn is level, and the other half is steep hill. It is also unfenced, and on the corner of our street, with a decent amount of traffic. Playing outside with Ben for me usually amounted a lot of running, catching, "no no's," and bouts of very vocal confused and frustrated opinions (from Ben – mine was all inside my head). My mom jokingly said I just needed a tether for Ben, so he can play relatively unhindered, without rolling down the hill onto the street under someone's moving car.
Well, actually, I found one, and it worked. We played outside successfully for two hours yesterday. With Ben's new favorite toy. The hose.
He only went out so far as the hose, with its slow trickle of water, reached in the yard. I brought out all kinds of toys to play with, but the hose was it. For two hours, he watered the bushes, the fountain, the lawn, the flowers, the rocks, his bucket, and himself. This time I'll remember to put sunscreen on myself and not just him, and I'll bring myself out a chair and a magazine. Watering things with the hose captured my interest for only so long…
The new shoes of summer. Is it just me, or did we totally skip Spring??