This week the AC is out in the playroom. I'm really REALLY hoping that tomorrow when the service tech comes, he will say it is an easy fix and that it won't take six weeks like last year. That unit had to be replaced, and this is now just a year old, so fingers crossed on that. Luckily this summer has been a bit cooler than last, and it's actually more comfortable to take the kids out in the mornings instead of trying to herd them in the living room all day.
My kids have friends here this week, so even though we're officially full numbers-wise, it's two eleven year olds, a seven year old, and a six year old along with the regular roster of infants and toddlers. That makes life infinitely easier for walks! The big kids are super helpful. Anna stayed home with the three youngest while they napped, and the rest of us headed out.
I'm sure we look like quite the spectacle marching down the street. At least today nobody stopped to ask me if all nine of them are mine.
We have to cross a wooden bridge over a little creek to get there, and we saw a mama duck with four ducklings. I think listening to all the kids quack at the ducks was my favorite moment of the day.
The swings were largely a success. There's just one baby swing at our
park, but it's pretty wide and has leg holes in both sides, so I set two
of them in there back to back and it worked nicely.
Vanellope cackled like a hyena the whole time. I love when the wind gets in her hair.
Mr. Flynn enjoyed himself immensely too.
Mufasa! King of all he surveys.
And then. Then there was Maid Marian. I know that child loves her some swings. I've seen facebook posts that her mama puts up with all kinds of smiles and swing loving. That was not the case today. She freaked out and acted like it was the worst and scariest thing that ever happened. I even tried to sit on the big swing and hold her and go very slowly and she still was having none of it.
So we decided at that point it was time to head out. On the way home it was hot and my kids ran Olivia and Vanellope through our neighbor's sprinkler. They laughed so hard! It was really fun to see.
Then we came home and Anna said we smelled like sunshine, which is her way of saying we've been outside and smell like stinky puppy dogs, but still, it's the nicest way I've heard to describe that particular smell. Lots of fun!