Rees and John are climbing Lazy Mt., their summer Fridays plan ~ with a camera.
Ken is hiking with a very large rifle 2 hours north of here, looking for black bear ~ with a camera.
The rest of us are spread out in the yard in 75 degree weather (in Alaska!) ~ without a camera. Grumpf.
I decided to forget about scrubbing the bathrooms to spend the entire day outside (I'm not lazy, just being present to my kids. Loved that article. Ahem.). Took me half an hour to cart out tons of things because going back into the house is to be avoided at all costs. Breaks some unwritten rule about hot Alaskan days. And 75 degrees is hot for us. Kids cry and everything. Here's what I brought :
Big blue blanket accidently stolen from the hospital 13 years ago, stained with salsa, root beer, ice cream, and popsicle juice,
Tipsy travel mug of coffee that Joseph keeps snitching sips of (Must be Ken's Norwegian blood),
Notebook and pen, because I am, as I've said before, lost in the 80's.
Diapers, although most of the time he takes them off and runs off in boots alone,
Water bottles that noone will use because they like to slurp from the hose but it makes me feel efficient,
Cookies whose chocolate chips will melt internally, rendering them Extra Good,
Rubbermaid full of plastic animals to be set up in scenes all around the yard, half of which will be forgotten, snowed upon in October, and acidentally rediscovered next April,
Bottle for the baby goat, impossibly cute as she bounces all around us,
Telephone in case Ken calls,
Small scissors for popsicles in the nearby freezer, because sometimes only a frozen chunk of sugar and chemicals will do.
(I think we'll have cheerios for supper. . .)
Simply a sensational day!