Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Summer Picnic

The sweet days of summer are dwindling quickly. I do love the coziness that Autumn brings; Apple cider & fresh donuts from Schutts, cardigan sweaters and sweatpants, getting warm by a backyard fire on a cool evening, and the pretty Fall colors. But it also brings winter. No need to expand on that! I'm not ready for Summer to be over. I have yet to spend the day at the beach. Still haven't had my fill of going out for ice cream. I'm barely even tan!

With the promise of Fall right around the corner, I am trying to soak up every last bit of Summer while it is still here.

Today is just beautiful! After Sam's morning nap, I packed up our picnic basket, grabbed my favorite quilt and took the boys down to our go to park for a picnic lunch!


Will wanted to go play right away, but I was making him eat first. He was none to happy about it.


While Will was pouting, Sam was more than ready to start eating. After prying Will's PB&J out of his fingers, twice, he quickly chowed down his carrots!


After some hemming and hawing, and thankfully NOT crying, Will ate up all his lunch, and was happy to go play!

  

The busyness of the morning playground rush had calmed, but there was still a group of about 8 neighborhood kids hanging about, a bit older then the typical preschool age. Something that always makes me a little cautious at first. For the most part the playground is pretty trouble free, although there have been some moments of tension, always brought on by a older crowd. These kids were good though. While we ate, we (and by that I mean I) watched them sing and dance to Michael Jackson songs, while standing on the edge of the sandbox. It was pretty entertaining! It made me realize that I am glad to have my children exposed to other cultures at a young age, and not be wary of someone simply based on their race. (Now, I'm not saying that I approve of my kids being exposed to anything Michael Jackson. That is besides the point.)

The kids eventually started up a game of hide & seek; Will's favorite game! He decided that he wanted to play too. Only problem was that they didn't know that. Will was hiding and running around thinking he was getting chased. It was so stinkin' cute!

I will leave you with this picture, taken by the talented William Dean Eaton III. His best picture yet (quality wise) and I had to go and pick carrot out of my teeth. Sheesh!

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