We spent some time outside today! The last couple of days have been nice, but we haven't been able to be out much. Daniel has decided that he can stay out and play while I'm doing things like bringing groceries in from the car, fixing lunch or running to the bathroom! I hold the door open for him and he pushes it closed, with me inside and him still outside. Then he'll tell me "bye-bye" and wave. Mr. Independence at almost 18 months old. Today I was able to spend a little time with him outside and Rachel was home after school to play as well. Above, Daniel must have gone through a drive-through to get a popsicle since he's eating it in his car.
Rachel made her specialty - mud cake with dandelions. Earlier she picked a "pretty weed" for me and gave it to me, so Daniel went around picking lots of them to give me. Who needs lawn treatment when you have kids? Rachel had her first tee-ball practice today, and she wondered many times before practice WHY we had signed up for tee-ball when she DOESN'T know how to play! I tried explaining that's why we sign up, but she still wanted me to teach her things before we went to practice. She was able to hit some of the balls when I pitched them to her and she can catch some, too. The hardest part was convincing Jack that I was not throwing the ball for him to fetch!
Practice went well. They started with a parents' meeting with one coach while the other had the girls run to the different positions on the field. Daniel decided he could do that, too, so he joined right in. Then he discovered a great treasure... lots of BALLS! It was tough to convince him that the girls needed those.
After practice, the kids and dog played outside and Mommy and Daddy had a few minutes of peace and quiet. When Brad brought Daniel in for dinner, this is what he looked like. No wonder he wasn't hungry for dinner - he's already had his fill of DIRT! I think we're going to have to start bathing him every night. Every fingernail was completely covered in dirt. Yum! Mom wanted to be sure that it was dirt because Daniel has been known to eat other gross items in the yard.