Friday, May 9, 2008

Texas in The The Spring

The past two months have been filled with gloriously cool open-the-windows-and-feel-the-breeze weather around here. At this point in the spring, there is an unspoken urgency in the air to get out and enjoy it, because experience has told us that in a few short weeks it will be so hot that any outside play will require being drenched with either water or sweat.

Today was the first day of air-conditioning, a sign of the sweltering months bearing down upon us. I felt the too-warm breezes of summer breathing down my neck, and became almost frantic in my desire to 'do something' outdoors, seize the day, and all of that.

I have repeatedly shooed children away from the television/computer and urged them to get out in the back yard, only to turn around and find them underfoot again. Yesterday I took a slew of neighborhood kids to the park after school, and every last one of them was whining to go home and play inside. Then today my friend came over with her boys, and we sat out on the patio to chat, only to turn around twenty minutes later and realize that all of the kids had gone inside and were playing in Tommy's room. But at least the moms got to enjoy the back yard, I suppose.

After school, I again sent the kids into the back yard. After a suspiciously long time without hearing any arguing, I went to the 'clubhouse' out back, certain that I was going to find them playing some elaborate treasure hunt game. Nope. They had gone inside and were parked in front of the computer feeding someone's Webkinz who was 89% hungry.

It was at that point that I went into the back yard with the intention of attempting the impossible: pushing the kids on the swing until they were tired of it. Please understand this has never happened before. I wasn't even sure if it was possible. It wasn't. We played out there until I had to beg off to go fix dinner, then right after dinner I had to promise to take them bike riding just so I wouldn't have to push them on the swing any more.

Greg and I took them down to the school parking lot, and there we stayed until sunset. We had a great time. Gracie rode her bike by herself for the first time. All of a sudden, she can turn and stop and start without screaming in terror or needing any help from me (thank you Jesus). So I was finally able to sit and watch the bike riding, while the kids got red-faced and sweaty like all good American children should do.

My second favorite moment was Tommy's comment to me on the way home: "Mom, it seems like we've been living outside all day!"

My very favorite moment: 3 children, wet-haired and smelling like soap, so exhausted they fell immediately asleep.


  1. we've been outside a lot, too, enjoying what feels to me like a midwestern summer. but I know the heat and humidity are barreling down on us, so we're enjoying this golden "springtime" as much as possible.

  2. It's finally warm enough to not need a light jacket to go outside. And since Will got his new bike they have been outside riding around the house every day. It's great! Natalie has gotten pretty good, too. Enjoy your spring!

  3. I don't know WHY I find it so weird that Other Places Have Different Weather Than Me, but it really freaks me out. It's cool and rainy here right now, like 10 or so. (I have no idea what that is in your temperatures...)

  4. I just love days like those. I can't wait until the weather gets above 50 around here!

  5. Can't believe how much that sounds like my house! I told them today I wanted my tv and computer to break so they would see there are other things in life. We did enjoy a nice evening, however. No bike riding, though. Hannah says she isn't taking off the training wheels til she's 13, Not the adventurous one to say the least.

  6. It's been the most incredible spring since I moved to AZ. Only one day over 110 so far! Last night, Autumn helped me grill hot dogs and we had what she calls a "dine out picnic". So fun!


The kiddos

The kiddos

Kidney Peril Updates
This is a Flickr badge showing public photos and videos from chrissyinthecarpoollane. Make your own badge here.

Contact Info

chrissyinthecarpoollane at g mail dot com.