Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Beautiful spring day

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.

6 comments:

Amy said...

Daniel would fit in well here, although we consider a child of his dirtiness level CLEAN. :) I'll have to take pictures of our kids next time they play outside--after the windstorms pass.

Robin said...

Sounds like you have a couple of backyard gourmets-- mud cake with dandelions, and whatever treat Daniel was enjoying!

Keetha said...

I think Rachel was making Rocky Road Mud and Dandelion pie!!! I believe I see a rock right there in the middle!!!

Keetha said...

Seems I missed your birthday, not surprising since I didn't know when it was!!! Hope it was HAPPY.

Terhune family said...

My birthday was on the 26th. I've had better birthdays than that one, for sure. :) I hurt my back on Tuesday and could barely walk. Daniel was extremely cranky - found out Friday he has an ear infection. Then we found out that my laptop is fried - now we have to convince Best Buy that it's their fault and not ours! Oh well. I have life and breath and health, and for that I am thankful! I am also thankful to have been blessed with two, very soon three, beautiful children, even if they do throw up (like Rachel today) and get ear infections :)

Keetha said...

Cheer up - - - it only gets HARDER when they become teens! :-)