May 31, 2010

Water, Water Everywhere!

Pools, sprinklers, tables and bathtubs, oh my! These boys can't get enough waterplay. We've had unseasonably warm temperatures so it's been hot enough to go out in our suits even after dinner. Henry asks to play in the sprinkler every day. He calls his crocs "sprinkler shoes". Yesterday I even let him run through the water after Liam was in bed. Unfortunately the evening mosquitos really attacked him. He didn't seem to notice but I wince every time I see the bites covering his little body.

This is probably one of the last photos of this baby splash pad. The boys need something bigger now. I have lots of fun memories of our two summers with this playmat.

All in all, we had a great long weekend.  A few times, I found myself with the momentary blues.  My next door neighbors will move soon.  With them goes our nearest support, our safety net, if you will.  I'm sure that was the underlying reason for my tears, but mostly I found myself thinking those old, I don't deserve these two great children thoughts.  I actually don't have much time during the day to stop and even think about where I put the car keys.  Yet, late at night in the quiet house, I try to process my emotions.  After an exhausting day minding the children, it's probably not the best time to judge my thoughts though.

I'm always glad for the daylight and the activity it brings with it.  Even with an empty house next door, I am determined to have a wonderful summer with the boys.  (And find a swimsuit I can wear in public!)
Ready or not, here I come!


  1. Great pictures and it sounds like a great weekend. Ours was almost identical. Lots of time outside playing in the water. It was one of the best memorial day weekends I can imagine, but I too had a little sadness late at night, sadness that there was no other adult there to witness the joy and to share it. Sam is so fun right now, and I feel so incredibly blessed.

  2. At least you guys had nice weather for the long weekend! Ours over here was windy, often rainy, and cold!

    I know what you mean about everything seeming worse at night. Hopefully your new neighbours will be good ones that turn into friends.

    Great photos!

  3. What a great way to get the boys tuckered out! I bet the sleep really well from all the fresh air & activity!

    Thanks for sharing the photos!

  4. I love the water fun, too! It definitely tires Jordan out...which is awesome! Over the summer, let me know if you ever feel like driving up towards us, we have a great water park in Mundelein but there is also a spray park just next door that is only $2...I think, for non-residents. It's a ton of fun! :)

  5. It looks like you had so much fun. I know what you mean with feeling blue due to loosing your support network. I hope your next neighbours are as nice and you can trust them to be good friends. It is so important for us, single moms, to have these networks. Because even if you don't necessarily reach out to them, it feels good to know they are there.

  6. I've done the "deserving" thoughts too. I just turn it into a big "thank you" prayer before bed. I don't deserve a great kid like I have, but I certainly am grateful to have her!

  7. Speaking of water fun...Sunset Park on Miller Rd in Lake in the Hills has a fantastic (free) water area open from 11:00am-7:00pm, every day now through Labor Day.

  8. Ooh---I may have to invest in one of those water pads for Owen next year!

    Sorry to hear about the blues. I've had them already when I think about my amazing little boy and that I am watching him grow so fast and yet alone. It's hard stuff. The other comments make me think we should stick with the gratitude part.