Saturday, May 9, 2009


I'm having a surreal moment. It's a gorgeous day outside and I sent the boys out to play. Something I could have NEVER done in Charleston. The neighborhood just wasn't a safe place. Here, we are out in the country surrounded by cows. We have a huge yard with green, green grass. Animals of all kinds wandering through the yard. Rabbits, birds, and at night, deer.

Here's where the surreal moment comes in to play. My boys don't know what to do with themselves outside. For two years in Charleston, they wanted to go outside any chance they got, but either the weather was way too hot, or Tommy needed my constant attention. For whatever reason, it didn't happen very often. Life is so strange. They wanted to play for the longest time and now that they can, they have no idea what to do with themselves.

There was only one way to solve this problem. Make them go outside and fend for themselves for one hour. I'm hoping their natural instincts as curious boys takes over. Eventually. As I type this, Brandon is trying to come inside so that he can watch a movie. Drat. I think he's trying to break down my screen door. When will my kids start to have a "normal" life?


Susan said...

Give them time to adjust to a different style of playing. It will happen. Maybe it would help if you went out with them too at first. My kids love to play outside while I do gardening even if I'm not really playing with them. I'm glad they have access to nature. It sounds really nice. We're in the city but my kids still love to play outside but we don't have deer or creatures. Today they put their stuffed animals in the bushes.

Emma and Mommy said...

Yea we finally got a yard and Derek and Ella were lost about what to do! It does help to go out with them at first, and I also bought a bunch of outside toys, nothing too expensive. A dollar store bat and ball, soccer ball, sidewalk chalk etc.

Now I can't get them to come in! And on rainy days they are upset they can't get out.

I love having them outside, its such a nice change from our old apartment with no place to play and too much traffic in and out.

Diagram of Tommy's Heart Defects

Diagram of Tommy's Heart Defects
Double Inlet Left Ventricle with Transpostion of the Great Arteries