My children and I went on a delightful walk to Walgreens this morning. Along the way, we observed an ant carrying a roly-poly, picked multiple dandelions, collected baby pinecones, picked up rocks, and laid on tummies to observe a ladybug.
Last year when we bought this house I couldn't wait to have the yard "fixed up" so that we could have real grass, a proper fenced yard and a swingset. But after observing the children's delight in these first weeks of warm weather, I am convinced that I was wrong.
They love picking the dandelions out of our infested yard. They love digging in the dirt that shouldn't be there. The slope of the yard makes it more fun to play soccer. And each poorly placed rock is a treasure to my kids. Digging for bugs, blowing bubbles and improvising with what we have - I think the yard is already heaven for my kids, even as I try to make it a bit more proper.
Yard sale sand box - already nearly emptied of sand. Where have they carried it off to?
Garbage bag turned precious toy.
This kinda works!