The awesome part of our big back yard, is that it is full of TREASURE!
Trash treasure of course, buried deep. Now that the half buried tire and cactus are gone, there is still much to be found. Yesterday we found a buried broken extension cord, trash bags (Plastic really doesn't disintegrate), crushed aluminum cans. So I was imagining our yard in ten years and how pretty it will be and imagining if someone says, "How can you buy a house in California on one income?" And I would tell them in my pretend mind, "You should see what our house started out as. Buy one with 'lots of potential' that is really 'cheap' and get ready to work." So we are working....
Lately everyday afterschool, in the few hours of light I say,
"Hey kids, do you want grass someday?"
They say, "Ya!"
So I say, "Okay, everyone pick up ten rocks."
Picking up ten rocks didn't really make a dent so then I make them pick up ten more.
And then they whine and complain. So I say, "Luke go get the shovels in the garage and lets dig up this mysterious drain in the middle of our yard...I wonder what it leads too". He says, "Ya!" Here is what he found...and no I don't tell him to pose like that.
After we dug this big ole pipe up, we focused on the leaves!
"Hey everyone lets scoop up all the leaves (we had a few friends over)"
I love raking leaves. We might not have snow, but we have beautiful falling yellow leaves.
Oh yes, here was the party at THE MALL earlier that day. The girls told Santa what they wanted for Christmas, we saw some puppies at the puppy store and saw some of their friends. By the end Baylie was bawling because she wanted to go home...the girl still needs a good nap...me too actually.