Don't judge folks... this ain't pretty ;)
I guess we are officially white trash with that nasty dried up kiddy pool in the dirt ;)
I guess this makes me happy, that the "ugly" part actually equates to more fun. I love that they have the freedom to create, explore, get dirty and just be kids. I remember spending HOURS outdoors with my brother doing the same thing. We had a "clubhouse" in the backyard and I couldn't wait to rush outside to hang out in it. I would far prefer this over kids who are begging to watch TV or play video games. So yes, I do maybe get mad and yell sometimes when they track in mud, and they might be pretty well trained at having to take off their shoes at the back door, but my anal-ness ends there. I let them climb trees, and have unstructured fun out there, because frankly in my mind, that's what childhood is all about :)
No, these aren't the best pictures, they were taken at 1:00, which is the hardest light in which to phonograph :) But oh my, it's just "them".... climbing in their tree. In fact Ethan claims this apricot tree is "his" tree. It just makes me smile because my own brother and I spent HOURS in a huge apricot tree we had in our own backyard. We had pet rats, and we would each have a rat on our shoulder while we climbed the tree in our dirty "play clothes". Anytime I have my camera out lately Ethan is totally into posing, it's actually harder to get a candid picture of him :)
Oh is this ever my girl.... climbing a tree barefoot :) Painted toes and all....
hahaha, thanks for the photobomb Ethan!