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The Great Gravel Move of '09

Posted by Kristen on June 18, 2009 at 6:28 AM
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photo.jpgSchool is officially out. I know this because it is already Wednesday and my children are ready to lose their minds.

E: Momomomomomomom. We should go outside and play ball.
K: What kind of ball?
E: We can just throw a ball.
K: Sorry, bud, but not today. It's raining.

I'm just going to take a little time out to discuss the rain. Global warming, global cooling, global climate change, cyclical climate change, I don't care what you call it. You know what I care about? The fact that it has rained so much in the last few months that the second the sun comes out, we all act like lunatics. I imagine this is how you people in Ireland and the Pacific Northwest feel. Of course I'm not saying that you are lunatics. I'm just saying that if this rain keeps up, we are going to have a house boat and we are a good 1/4 mile from the water. But back to my errant children.

We moaned about the rain and I went to make dinner. Not two minutes later I heard a baseball hitting my newly painted wall. This was actually a slight step down from the handstands he had been doing up against that newly painted wall. I ordered everyone outside. Rain, schmain.

First I had them dig this hole. Okay, their father dug this hole but I put them in the hole with two shovels. Then I brought their wagon over and instructed them to carry gravel in it from one side of the yard to the other. For no reason whatsoever. Did they know that? Nope. Did they care? Nope. In fact, they very cheerily worked together.

A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do to protect her walls. Even if it means getting a little wet.

7 Comments

Manic Mommy writes...

Smart! I've got to find more rainy day activities that don't involve copious sums of money or total destruction of the house.

John writes...

Only a matter of time before they are making money moving gravel ;) If you run out of gravel, I have some you can borrow.

Amber writes...

That? Is pure genius.

And as someone who lives in the Pacific Northwest I can confirm that's exactly what it's like. Especially if we get a sunny day in, say, February. It's like Christmas and Easter all rolled into one.

Jennifer writes...

Good for you! As long as there's no thunder and lightning, a little water is good for the soul. A pair of rain boots, and even rain pants and coat if they like, just play outside! Lay a towel on the floor by the door to stop the tracks all over the house... playing in the rain is fun fun fun! Moving gravel is great, a digging spot great fun, stacking "wood/sticks"... my dd has almost an entire 'play kitchen' outside plus pots to fill with dirt and plant sunflower seeds...

Eleanor writes...

LOVE IT! Now, I could borrow that idea but only if I can somehow figure out a way to make my son think that it was all his idea....then it just might work!

Eleanor writes...

LOVE IT! Now, I'd like to borrow that idea but first I'll need to figure out how to make my son think that he thought of it first....hmmmmmm.

Eleanor writes...

I didn't mean to leave two nearly identical comments, but I didn't think the first went through. It is the third day of summer vacation after all...half my brain is already gone.

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