Sunday, August 9, 2009
Today was a day of everything and nothing.
By some miracle the children allowed me to sleep until 9:00am. Even more miraculously, the dogs did not poop on the floor in spite of their walk being over an hour late.
In the morning I mulched and then employed my favorite little capitalist to paint the shutters.
I did one coat of each shutter, Rebecca did the second coat.
I paid her 6 Padrusch Bucks. That's right, $3.00. She was ecstatic with her pay. She made a lot of extra money this week doing all sorts of jobs that I didn't want to do. A very sweet arrangement.
With all of that cash burning a hole in her pocket Rebecca wanted to go shopping and I hate to disappoint my baby.
While out we stopped at Toys R Us to make a very important purchase for Lily.
We bought 300 pounds of sandbox sand which I put into my cart and then into my car all by myself.
The most remarkable part of the day came after dinner when the girls went outside to inspect the new sand.
They immediately started to play. They made up elaborate games involving queens and servants, archaeologists and dinosaurs, bakeries and dog treat factories.
I watched them and took pictures.
Time stopped. I held my breath and watched and listened to them chatter.
Periodically the dogs would become part of the play and then the game would shift again.
I watched and watched and watched.
It was a perfect jewel of a moment. One of the most exquisite joys of parenting is witnessing my girls play with each other. My heart almost burst, but then I remembered that I could come here and tell you all about it. I could show you the pictures and I could record the perfection that happened in my backyard this very evening. Thanks for letting me make it real.