Warm weather has arrived (by warm, I mean warm for here...40 degrees is toasty in Minnesota) and with it, the melting of all our snow.
Mother Nature decided to grant us the greatest gift of all- a pool! I always wanted a pool.
Or a lovely pond.
Either way, I knew that I was residing in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but I did not anticipate the 10,001st forming in my backyard.
When I was a young girl, my siblings and I looked forward to this happening all year long. We would wait and watch all the snowfall, hoping for tons and tons, because we knew the consequences of all that snow would be when spring would finally arrive.
Our backyard went downhill slightly and at the bottom, where it flattened out, there would be a large accumulation of water due to all the melting going on. For us, this would be days of pure glee and tons of fun.
So. Much. To. Do!
We would use our sleds as boats, make the most awesome winter "stew" and waddle through it like we were on an expedition. There would be log "alligators" we would have to escape, giant sticks to be used as paddles and some serious splashing to be done.
I'm fortunate enough to have something similar for my kids to play with...or am I?
As the mom, I now realize what a disaster this could turn into and what a HUGE mess it makes!
I can't let them out there unsupervised any more, which totally cuts into my "Mommy quiet time" (like that actually exists...ever). They literally go swimming in it or they drink it.
And then they come in soaked to the core. Which wouldn't bother me as much, if someone else did the laundry in the house.
But because I need to relax a bit, (a tiny, tiny, tiny bit...) I decided to just let them play, even if it was for just a few minutes. I took some pictures so you could check out our new pond.
Seriously considering some fish back there.
And maybe a waterfall.
This is what I saw when I first got out there.
Don't mind our chopped down tree in the back.
We're saving all that for one GIANT bonfire this summer.
It's going to be like a wildfire in our backyard.
The playground is now playing the part of "pirate ship".
Just like Evan always dreamed.
You can see the sandbox in the middle.
Or what's left of the sandbox.
Evan making his own winter "stew".
He dumped it on Morgan shortly after this picture was taken.
More playing and splashing going on.
And maybe some drinking...ewwwww.
My feet getting soaked.
Say one thing about the boots... I dare you.
They are ugly, but awesome.
Except when I waddle through water.
The lost shoe of summer that's now a boat.
Morgan won't stay out of it.
Which means, Morgan won't stop eating sticks and drinking the water.
Declan ignoring me completely and doing what he wants.
What else is new.
At this point, I was done.
I wanted them out of there.
You can see how much control I have.
More ignoring mommy...she's totally lame anyway.
Playing with his "boat".
After me telling him to not go in there, I seriously considered pushing him here.
Just a tiny bit.
Not a big push...more like a nudge.
But I didn't.
Some of the caverns I found in our yard.
We must have an entire river underneath all the snow.
I thought they were pretty.
I have no idea what was creating the swirls, but I found it pretty.
A little gross...but mostly pretty.
More swirly stuff.
The end result.
Hot darn mess.
So wet and smelly...never again.
You win this round, backyard...see you in the summer.