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Back To The Big Outdoors

The weather’s finally changed here, and we are profoundly grateful. Not that I don’t enjoy warmer weather, but 92 degrees in October is a bit much. Friday afternoon we saw a high of 85 and the girls finally felt like venturing outside when we got home rather than collapsing, sweating, on the couch. They spent an enjoyable couple of hours playing on the swingset, even eating dinner outside on plastic plates in between stunts.

Saturday morning the girls were eager to head out again even before they’d gotten dressed, and they spent the day making a circus routine in the back yard. Over the course of the morning a glorious cold front came through, and we’re not properly into fall – it’s maybe 70 degrees outside in the afternoon, sunny with that little edge of chill to it. Yum, yum.

Sunday the girls headed out back as soon as we got home from church and lunch, and played for another couple of hours. I’d warned them they had some chores to do by a certain time, and if they didn’t start soon they wouldn’t get to watch their half hour of daily television. (I know, a whole half hour. I spoil them.)

After a few minutes outside both girls came in. Maddie said cheerfully, “We decided to do our chores now so we can go back outside and play more. We’ve talked it over, and now that the weather’s so gorgeous we’re not going to want to watch our video most days – we want to get outside more instead!”

And off they went, humming as they worked so they could hurry back outside.

God bless you, fall weather.


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