Each year, a few weeks after the kids are back at school, my sons’ school holds a family cookout. An opportunity for families to catch up after the summer, for new families to make friends and for the kids to eat hotdogs and run around with their friends!
The cookout was last night and I’ll be honest, I was half hoping it would rain… My husband left in a taxi for the airport half an hour before it started!
Corralling three kids, carrying three hot dogs, three packets of crisps and three juices is no mean feat while also pushing a buggy (a necessity to stop the youngest participant from running off while I tried to do all of the above!).
To be fair, the 8yo helped. He paid for our food tickets, he ordered the hotdogs for the three and he managed to carry a couple of things…
The boys immediately met up with friends and food kept everyone sitting still for at least five minutes.
Then the running began, and all I saw for quite some time was this… Thankfully the big kids kept ‘herding’ the wee girl back towards me!
I had the odd moment of quiet while the wee girl was distracted by food again and the 5yo showed me how much he was enjoying himself :)
Then the running began again, and ended abruptly with the wee girl face planting on the play ground. After lots of cuddles and kisses of ouches (grazed hands) and the production of an ice lolly, calm was restored.
Then it was time for the park. The wee girl only wants to go on the swing at the moment, and go faster, faster! It’s a good work out for my arms :)
The boys also had fun; climbing and messing around on (and in and around) swings!
We had a lovely evening, and I was quite glad that it hadn’t rained after all. I took three tired, but happy, kids home and Night 1 of my husband’s trip passed without incident. Fresh air is a wonderful thing!
I’m linking up with the wonderful Country Kids at Coombe Mill, as always. Click on the badge to see what everyone else has been up to and be inspired to get outside!