Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Sprinkler Play

We've often kicked off our summers by playing in the sprinklers. In fact, it doesn't really feel like summer unless we've done it at least once.

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This year I had a new sprinkler head...Spiderman. Neither of the boys are huge Spiderman fans since they haven't read any comics or seen any cartoons with him it them. But, they loved the sprinkler head anyway. 

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As warm as it was outside, it wasn't hot enough yet where the water didn't feel cold at was a little chilly at first!

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My favorite thing - besides seeing their laughing faces - is watching what the boys do with our ordinary backyard toys when the sprinkler gets turned on. They have so much fun with just water. It's amazing. 

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I asked them to run and jump over the sprinkler so I could get a photo. Then, they kept doing it all on their own when they found it pretty fun. 

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Yes, as soon as I was done taking this photo, the ball hit my camera square in the lens. I am able to take a hit or two good-naturedly, but don't mess with my camera! 

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Ethan had the idea to put the sprinkler on the trampoline...this is the first time we've brought out the sprinkler since we've had the trampoline. They found out pretty quickly that the sprinkler wasn't very effective while they were bouncing since it kept bouncing too. So, they put it under the trampoline. 

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Duke ran around like a crazy dog when the sprinkler first came on. He didn't know what to think! Eventually he accepted the current backyard shenanigans and just decided to rest as usual. 

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Logan took up his station under the trampoline with the sprinkler so he could point it at Ethan who was on the trampoline. They did this forever and laughed and laughed about it. 

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They would never forget to do a water slide with the swing set slide. I rigged the water hose (without the Spiderman sprinkler head) at the top of the slide for them. 

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It's really effective. In fact, Logan flew off a couple of times a little to fast and didn't get his feet under him before hitting the ground. He wasn't particularly thrilled about that. 

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Ethan was mostly ready for it and didn't want to ever stop sliding. 

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After they were good and worn out, they asked for popsicles. They both asked for grape and then asked if they could sit on the trampoline. Honestly, my first inclination was to say "no" because I didn't want the surface to get sticky from the inevitable drips. But it only took me a second to change my mind and let them do it anyway. That's what rain is for, right? To clean trampolines. 

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