June 28, 2010

Outside Kids

Once my mother-in-law was telling my husband about the week two of their other grand kids came to stay with them during the summer.  She said they just watched television and played video games.  Allen asked why they weren't out in the garden with Pappy or helping to mow the grass.  His mom's response was, "Oh, Allen, they're not outside kids like you all were!"

Ever since then, we always laughingly comment about our outside kids.  There really is no better way to describe them.  Even if they have an inside activity they want to do, like reading, they find a nice outside location under a tree, in the woods, beside the pool, in the garden and do it.

The other day, it was HOT.  99 was the official temperature.  We started the morning collecting bugs and the next thing I knew, the kids were all up a tree.

What's a mother to do?  I got the camera and took lots of pictures.
Handed them water and a box of crackers when they needed a snack
Read aloud when they requested
And the rest of the day?  (Yes, they stayed up there almost the entire day) I got my own book and sat below.  After all it was much cooler.  If I have learned anything in the years I've been at this parenting business it would be this... "if you can't beat them, join them.  They are probably having more fun than you would anyway."


  1. Oh what fun, spending the dog days of summer under (or up in) a tree! hope you got a picture of you under the tree for your challenge :) Nice post!! PS Thank you for staying true to your word and stopping by my hubbys blog!! That was nice!! Blessings to you! ~Amy

  2. Kat,

    I loved this post. I wish we had a tree large enough for our kids to climb, yet they do wander the neighborhood looking for that perfect one to climb and even the ones at a local park is perfect. I guess I forgot how much fun it was to do that.

    Truly another world if you use your imagination.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  3. dear Chili Pepper,
    I just came over here to your blog for the first time off of Heathers from 2 cowboys and 2 pony tails.

    already hooked and want to read more

  4. I think sometimes people don't know what to do with children who want to be outdoors. I spent days exploring the land around my home when I was a kid and my kids want to do the same thing. Alas, our neighbors are not accommodating. :( So they use their imagination and stick with our little bit of land. :) I'm thankful we at least have that much.

  5. I can't blame you for joining them, it looks like they're having a great time! Great pics too! Is that a sepia setting your using?

  6. Fun times...us outside kids.