We've had a series of really beautiful weekends (it was rainy and gray today just to remind us that it's still May) and the boys have been getting outside and enjoying the sunny weather. They have kept very busy, pulling weeds and sowing new ones. The other day they both went out to the back yard to cut dandelions with scissors (a weed management strategy of their own invention). As always, they took the job very seriously.
Eliot likes to "mow" the lawn with GranDad. He follows behind with his truck to make sure it's all done properly.
Sunny weather just makes everyone smile.
Yesterday we went to the Farmer's Market and the boys each chose out two tomato plants to raise. Eliot also picked out a lovely geranium.
Both boys enjoyed getting to work on their little potted gardens and Peter informed me that he intended to share his tomatoes with everyone. We also had some lettuce plants that someone had given us so they planted those as well. Eliot went with me to the garden shop to pick up the potting soil and was a very hard worker helping me load the bags of soil into the car. Both boys love to feel that they're helping out in some meaningful way.
The hot water heater needed to be replaced this past week which was a boon to the boys. Not only did they get to observe the work of handy-man Jim Anderson (Jim Anderson can fix and build just about anything and is right up there with firefighters and astronauts in the boys' eyes) but they also inherited a great big cardboard box. They spent a good deal of time outside with their box yesterday, painting it, drawing on it, decorating it with stickers, rolling around in it, and finally stomping on it. It may not be summer yet by the calendar, but as far as we're concerned it's here!