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Friday, August 1, 2008

So, where were we? Oh, yes, blogging.

When I was growing up, we didn't have a pool, or money to attend day camps during the summer or basically anything costing money. So instead, we had to be inventive and entertain ourselves in ways that I wouldn't necessarily consider "typical." Actually, that might be true of other people who grew up 20 years ago. But our society has made it so that children must be entertained at all times to the point of being overscheduled. Heaven forbid children be inventive and entertain themselves with things that don't involve soccer, karate, ballet and then swimming lessons all before dinner. Small rant. Sorry.

As it turns out, the cheap childhood games we played are the very same ones that I relish and long for my children to enjoy.

Things like...

Three legged races.

3 legs.

uh oh.

And Red Light, Green Light and Mother May I, but I don't have pictures of those... so keep an eye on Jenny's blog, too, because I think she will eventually have them up.

We also entertained ourselves with things like...
Swinging and climbing on the rope swings. There has been a rope swing on this tree for the better part of the last 22 years. Poor tree.
more swing
What else? Oh yeah, races.
more races.
Making necklaces, bracelets and headresses out of clover flowers. Yes, even for the boys.
clover wreath headresses
aw. pretty boy.
princess p.
too grown up.
I guess some occasional parent interaction is okay. But just to spin you around.
And in general, just getting really dirty... and REALLY sweaty.
again, ew. sweaty.
another sweaty kid
sweaty kid.
(if that one of Miles doesn't make you guffaw, you're dead to me.)

But, I guess that sometimes, kids just get tired of entertaining themselves. They just can't bring themselves to do any more swinging or sliding...
um. not it.
not so pleased.
and that's when Mom offers you a popsicle.
clever kid.
and you attempt to eat it through a butterfly net.

Kids are weird, man!


Char @ Crap I've Made said...

I LOVE those 3-legged race pics. SO sweet!

Becky said...

GREAT pictures. I really love the last four.

Becky said...

Your kids are seriously yummy!

Amber said...

Those are great pics- but I don't expect anything else from you. That one of Miles KILLS me! What a punk!

Moghimi Family said...

Ok, it just has to be said; your kids are some of the cutest kids I have ever seen! (Don't tell anyone else I said that.) :) Seriously, you could retire on their good looks.

Keep the pictures coming. We love em'.

Alecia said...

How did you and Matt produce such good looking kids? I love the three legged race pictures.

Jenny said...

I love it, I love it, I love it. BTW, We need to swap pics because you got pics of a lot of things I didn't and perhaps vice versa.

Sara Boulter said...

That last picture totally made me laugh out loud. I woke up my husband up with a hearty HA!! Love these.

Unknown said...

I always look forward to your blog pictures. They are amazing. Your children are beautiful! Care to share some photography tips with your readers? Beginning with a nice easy, reasonably priced camera to work with. Right now I have a Canon PowerShot SD900 Digital Elph. It's ok, but it seems to me I would like a faster shutter speed for the kids pics. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

smart mama said...

loely shots of timeless ummer fun- I dig a 3 legged race

Hil said...

I love it! Sorry I missed you guys, no one told me when the open house was! That pic with the cider block scares me!! Great Pics!!

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