Moments like these are everything.
Sorry folks. Couldn’t do it. After a long winter cooped up inside, getting snowed in, an epic battle with a stomach bug, and a report of one last nasty winter storm on the way, I just couldn’t stand to be in the house today. The sun was peeking out from behind the cotton ball clouds. Yesterday’s ferocious wind had blown itself out. And the mercury was creeping just shy of 50 degrees when Cadence woke from her nap. And that’s what I call a recipe for an afternoon enjoying the great outdoors.
And yeah, we had a blast…
One of the things Steven and I love most about the home we purchased just over a year ago is the big sunroom that one of the previous owners built onto the original house. It’s bright, spacious, and the moment we saw it, we knew it would be the perfect space for Miss Cadence to have a playroom all her own.
See, here’s the thing…I may not be the tidiest girl on the planet (just ask my hubby, he’ll attest to that), but even I get to the point when the clutter starts making me crazy. And nothing makes me crazier than dozens of toys strewn haphazardly through the house.
Seriously, I can’t even handle it, folks. If you’ve ever been trotting down the stairs carrying a basket full of laundry and stepped square on a Matchbox ice cream truck with your bare foot, you know where I’m coming from. That shit huuuuuuuurrrrrrrrrts!!!
So, one of the items at the very top of my list when we were looking at homes was ample space for Cadence to play and keep her toys organized enough so they couldn’t cause the grownups in the house any bodily damage. And it wasn’t enough for her to just have a room, because let’s face it, sending a kid to Time Out in his/her room when it’s filled with toys? Hell, you may as well just give them a tub full of ice cream and candy to go along with it. No, Cadence’s room would be a place to relax and sleep, a place to keep her clothes and books and maybe a few stuffed animals, and that would be about it. The playroom, which would see most of the action, would be the place for all the toys, games, art supplies, and everything else.
Best decision ever.
Sure Cadence often drags some of her toys to other parts of the house in the midst of her imaginative play, but each day we get to see our little girl’s imagination stretching beyong it’s limits as she soaks up the sunshine in her own little nook of our home. And each night as we’re winding down the day, she makes a clean sweep and puts everything back where it belongs and earns another quarter to put in her piggy bank.
And sometimes she even lets me catch of a glimpse of her on camera as she plays…
It’s been a little hectic around here since returning from our New York vacation. I had hundreds of photos to go through from our trip, a guestbook to design and canvas to prep for my sister’s Kassie’s wedding, emails to answer, photo assignments to complete, laundry to catch up on, meals to cook, and an off-schedule, mildly ill 2-year-old to deal with.
Yeah, it’s been a little busy.
We did take a nice little break from the action on the 4th though. Steven and I took Cadence to see her first movie, Brave, in the theater, and she absolutely loved it. We shared popcorn, licorice, Reese’s Pieces, and Junior Mints and just enjoyed a little time together as a family. Cadence’s eyes were glued to the screen (except to grab another bite, or the minute or two she tried to discuss what was happening in the movie with the little boy sitting in the row ahead of us). She even stayed a few extra minutes to listen to the music and watch the credits roll. By the time we hit the lobby, she was already talking about going to another “woovie”, and has pretty much decided she wants to see Batman with her Daddy.
I’m thinking we’ll probably try Madagascar 3 and wait for Batman to come out on DVD.
Afterward, we headed home and put Cadence down for a quick nap. We invited my sister and her family over for steaks on the grill for dinner. It was so hot, we decided to turn on the sprinkler and let the kiddos run wild, and boy did they! They had a blast getting wet, pushing each other down the slide, and playing with a beach ball in the water. At first, Odin wanted to wear his little Fire Chief hat to keep his head from getting wet, but eventually he left it behind and just ran wild, and you know Cadence had to try it on for size…
Odin thought it was pretty funny to park himself on the slide and try to keep Cadence from going down it…
…right up until she gave him a push right off the top. Good thing we decided to move the slide onto the grass!
After that, the kids thought it was funny to push and watch each other tumble down in a heap…
After dinner, Lindy broke out the little firecracker snaps she bought at the store for the kids to try. They thought it was hilarious when I planted myself in the line of fire to get a few shots of them…
Since their bathing suits were still wet, we threw the kiddos in whatever clothes we happened to grab before they ran out the door on us, and it cracks me up that Cadence ended up in her long sleeve Santa pajama top while Odin is sporting an Awesome Crew sleeveless t-shirt. What a motley bunch!
And you know I couldn’t resist snapping a couple dozen photos when Cadence decided to model Odin’s hat. How cute is she!?
And once all the snaps were done, Odin thought it was fun to make some noise drumming on the table…
…while Cadence hunted for unsnapped snaps on the ground.
I hope everyone had as fun of a 4th as we did!