Few things are more pleasant these days than hanging out in the backyard with the kids. It's a bounty of simple joys and basic blessings -- blowing bubbles, pushing the kids on the swings, making sand castles in the sand box, tending the garden, sitting in the shade and listening to the windchimes.... Not that I get much sitting time, but there's a wee bit now and then!
Spring is a lovely time of year in our backyard. The jasmine is coming into bloom, and the pansies are in full glory. It's too bad I can't digitally capture the scent.
Yesterday, we had an especially nice morning in the yard. BJ opened his birthday packages from Giki and Pop-Pop and from Auntie B and family. The binoculars were a hit -- thank you Giki and Pop-Pop!
And both kids had a fantastic time playing with the toy boats sent by Auntie B, Uncle R, and cousin B. They were the perfect size for our water table. Well done, Auntie!
The water play soon led to their creation of a sort of primordial soup/ocean, adding sand and floating flowers. They both love picking Giki's pansies.
I was having a great time taking lots of pictures. (As you can probably tell!) BJ then wanted me to take some video. In particular, he wanted me to take a video of the flowers. So here ya go:
Today in the backyard, we got to hang out with Nana J for most of the morning. She was a good sport about pushing the kids in the swing, and they especially had fun blowing bubbles.
Gotta love those dollar store wands -- they have certainly contributed their fair share towards our own bit of backyard bliss.