Friday, June 20, 2014

Summer Bucket List Week 1: Water Fun


Most days, either before running errands/visiting friends or before dinner, C and I will spend a hour to a hour and a half playing in our backyard. Connor loves the outdoors so it's a great way to entertain him, as well get us through the hour before nap and/or the dreaded witching hour that hits us around 5 each evening.

But we are in Austin, Texas. Where the average temperature in ATX in June is 92. Factor in the humidity and it feels closer to 100 degrees. It's safe to say, the only way we can survive being outdoors in the summer is by spending every minute in cool, refreshing water. Lucky for us, we don't have to leave the house to enjoy some water fun.

Connor loves collecting rocks and has recently discovered the act of washing/cleaning. Add a squirt or two of Dawn dish liquid and now, he can wash his rock collection in his water table. Once he considered them clean enough, he laid them out to dry.

After cleaning our rock collection (is that one of the strangest things you've heard?), we moved onto playing in our pool. Except someone got sidetracked with a bucket we use to clean our feet off before getting into the pool.


Mr. Personality thought this was the best. thing. ever! Not only could he play with Jake and his pirate friends, but apparently, splashing and stomping calls for his single "OH!" face. I love spending my days with this little guy, discovering things through this eyes.


Once we got to the pool, Connor couldn't kept his hands off the hose. He recently discovered the wonder of the hose and all it does/can do. Today, he discovered that he could get "milk" - everything drinkable is milk - from the hose and drank into his belly was round and hard from so much water. We splashed, we swam with friends and drank "milk". The best way to spend a morning in our backyard.



17 comments:

  1. rocks and soap in the water table is genius! I have to try something like that with Callie who also loves water! It's not quite as hot in MI but just as humid so I feel you about what to do outside!

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    1. No joke, we wash rocks at least once a week. He is fanatic about it.

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  2. You've got a cutie on your hands!!! We love the water, too!!! And I feel you on Texas heat! We live in Arlington.

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    1. Every one keeps telling me that this is a "cool" summer. It hasn't reached 100 yet so I guess that's something to be excited about.

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  3. He is so photogenic!! :) And yay for TX heat! lol

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    1. He is such a cheeser. The moment the camera is out, he says "cheese".

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  4. bleh, I hate when Aria drinks from the hose - just sounds icky to me. Definitely need to have some sort of water play if you are going to be outside, FL too. Gross.
    I love the rock cleaning! Great idea! I'm stealing that! We don't have a rock collection though. Gonna have to change that. Aria would however have a stick collection if I let her!

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    1. Stephanie - don't forget to check out the matches today! http://sweet-turtle-soup.blogspot.com/2014/06/christmas-in-july-matches.html

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    2. Connor has just one stick. He is all about the rocks. We have close to 20.

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  5. I think all kids should drink from a hose at least one. I grew up doing it and remember how cool I thought it was
    Sounds like you all are finding great ways to beat the heat
    He's such a cutie!

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    1. We have to stay cool if we plan to be outside. He caught on to drinking from the hose all on his own. A proud moment for sure.

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  6. Oh my gosh! It looks like Connor is having a blast! I especially love the picture of him trying to drink out of the hose haha. Kids. We have a water table and Mason just LOVES it. We need an afternoon to fill it up and just play soon!

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    1. Fill that sucker up and get to splashing. We play with ours at least once a week. Usually in the afternoon.

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  7. Rocks + water table = uh-may-zing! We play with both separately, but it's clear we should combine the two.

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    1. I'm one smart cookie, right? I mean, usually the rocks are dirty since you know, they are from parks, beaches and what have you so it makes sense to clean them.

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  8. Th little things in life...love to see how happy he is!!

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    1. It is it the little things... it won't always be this way so I'm enjoying it while I can.

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