With the exception of yesterday and our brief return to the light, the past few days have been comprised of thunderstorms. Deluges at night, mild to moderate torrents during the day.
I love storms. Thunder, lightening, the pitter-patter of rain as it washes over our home. It's all wonderful. Give me an excuse to snuggle up, make hot chocolate, and as we did two days ago, build a fort with the children. So in case you didn't know this, I'm gong to let you in on a little secret:Being a parent is the best job ever.
But back to the rain.
With our third consecutive day of rain, this pretty much sums up how we were all feeling as we hunkered down indoors.
At this time the rain seemed to be taking a little break, but everything outside was soaked and, frankly, gross. We'd exhausted our other forms of indoor play, so putting my noggin to work while cleaning the guest suite, something sparked when I spied a matelassee. The rest, my dears, was history.
The wee one was in the middle of his snack as eldest and I carried the blankets into the kitchen. Needless to say, his attention
It started out simple enough. The matelassee went over our breakfast table and chairs, while one of the wee one's blankets acted as the cushion of the fort's floor. Eldest was quite happy.
It only took minutes, and by the time the fort was assembled our messy bebe was ready to get down and join in the fun.
He was very curious, walking all around the pretty fort Mama and his sister had built. Eldest tried to coax him to come underneath with her, but he wasn't quite ready.
He preferred to roam around in his "bear" feet.
And eldest felt the fort wasn't quite finished. The little interior designer inside of her needed pillows, and she grabbed every green pillow she could find. She may have fallen down once or twice trying to get them to her little house, but don't worry. As you can see, she was just fine.
The little guy thought face-planting in pillows like his sister would be great fun as well.
And when he saw how much fun big sister was having as she relaxed, he decided to join her.
He never stayed very long, as he is always on the move.
He has a permanent case of ants in the pants-something I never encountered until having a boy. So consider this a heads up!
That said, when he was in their lovely fort, the little boy who is quickly eating us out of house and home had a blast!
It was quite possibly the best thing we've done in a while. The children spent most of the day playing in and around the table, and it they really loved it. Whether it was listening to music or watching PBS, the fort was their sanctuary.
They played for hours until something unexpected happened...
The wee one's friend came back and we were overjoyed to see him.
The sun stayed with us all day yesterday, and for a little while we were able to enjoy the simple joys of being outside. But today, it looks as if new storm clouds are rolling in. The wee one is already tugging on some pillows and eldest is eyeing the kitchen table eagerly.
What do you think? Did they enjoy their first fort?
You tell me.