Oh how I wish I knew how to upload pics on my blog! Lance is going to have to help me over Spring Break - I'm technology-challenged to say the least!
My kids LOVE playing in the mud!! It happens every single day that they are able to play outside. We live on a fairly new street. The last 5 lots have just been purchased and new houses are about to go up - there are dump trucks and workers around and this creates a BIG MESS and the neighborhood kids love it - mine included.
Yesterday, my son was playing capture the flag, hide and seek, and kickball with the neighbor boys while dear L - my tomboy daughter was playing in the mud. We are talking sit down in it, jump in it, stir it up with a stick, and plant our hands in it kind of playing. She even tried to drink it at one point!!! And while I really don't love the kinds of baths that result from all this playing or the laundry that is required to clean up this mess, I have to say.....I'm thrilled that my kids have a love of the outdoors!
I grew up probably as many of you did, telling my mom goodbye and being gone for hours on adventures in the neighborhood, or down at the local park/creek area. It was a great time of childhood and one I want my kids to have. Yes, there are things we have to look out for - bullies, strangers, even SNAKES, but I want my kids to have these memories, not memories of video games and TV. I love being outside with them enjoying the beautiful weather and the company of our neighbors.
Once the boys got done with their "big boy" games, they too joined L in the mud - 6 boys and my dear L - all jumping and splashing everywhere. It was great!