Last weekend was a bit unusual for us. No more parties after the excitement of January, and nothing arranged for Sunday. Usually Saturday is for doing chores, swimming lessons and all those usual things you don’t get done in the week, and on Sundays I plan something for N and I to go out and about.
While I love to be at home blogging, reading or crocheting, I love to get out of the house for the day, to visit new places and just feel like we’re actually doing something worthwhile. It also means I feel less pressured to do housework (other than a quick vacuum which isn’t too much of a pain and taking the rubbish and recycling down to the bins). But when I asked N what he wanted to do on Sunday, he just wanted to stay at home.
My heart sunk, because I never really get to do much when we’re at home and he’s knocking around – unless he’s out for a few hours with his dad on the farm. But I agreed to a day at home, and I didn’t go anywhere. N wanted to play out in the garden though, so he had a good old time driving round his gator, poking around in the mud, balancing on the wall and trying to break the icy water table.
He does love just mooching, but I can’t wait until it’s warmer for me to enjoy being outside with him. Then I can set up games for him to play, get him playing football or onto the swingball set, and try some more planting.
One of the trampoline poles is broken (still). Well, not so much the pole, but the foamy bit and support around it has broken meaning the top pole’s fallen out, and the netting is no longer upright on that part. I stopped N going on the trampoline on his own because he’s wild and it’s not really that safe if I’m not around. But later his cousin came over to play, and the two of them had a bit of a bounce on there together before following it up with a kick around. Actually, his cousin had the kick around, and N attempted to get the ball of him pretty unsuccessfully.
It’s lovely to have a big garden, even if it needs a serious makeover and a fixed trampoline pole/net, but nothing stops N going out and having a play whether he’s on his own or not.
What’s your children’s favourite thing to do in the garden?