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We stayed inside this weekend and it wasn’t pretty

February 15, 2016

We stayed inside this weekend. It was supposed to be a rainy weekend.  A rainy weekend sandwiched between two rainy weeks, making a pretty depressing situation.  It’s not even the rain that’s the problem it’s the mud.  Our whole yard is a mud pit.

We sold our chickens at the beginning of winter. Their pen gets so wet it’s gross walking through muck and poo deeper than your boots twice a day.  We’ve done it every other winter but we didn’t relish the thought this winter so we moved them onto a new home.  They don’t lay many eggs in the winter anyways.

We kept the ducks because they love the rain. They are in their glory these days when our yard is flooded.  Our normally dry yard is soaked, there is a large pool and lots of water filled holes and even a small creek and waterfall.  You look out the winter onto a miserable rainy day and there are the ducks living it up.

It’s not that we don’t have rain gear, but the kids’ rain gear was in the washing machine. I have to wash it almost daily because every time they go outside they get covered in mud.  We decided to go for a quick walk between rain showers.  We did have a nice walk along the beach in Burgoyne Bay before it started to rain.  We cut back to the truck through the forest to keep as dry as possible.  The walk in the forest was nice and we didn’t really want it to end.  It was so quiet with the weather being socked in and no other people around.  But we didn’t have any rain gear so eventually we went home.

So we didn’t keep the kids in all weekend. An hour walk on Saturday and another hour out in the mucky yard on Sunday.  I did find a 10 by 3 foot patch of grass that wasn’t soaking where we could kick the soccer ball around, as fun as that was in the confined space.  But it wasn’t enough.  The kids were batty.  They were fighting, yelling and hitting.  They were willfully defiant and it sucked.

When we started this blog we thought it was for us. My husband and I wanted to get outside more and this was the motivation.  They kids were going to get dragged along.  Since we started this project six weeks ago we have had fun every single weekend until this one.  Until the weekend we decided to take it easy, have “a rest day” as my 3 year old calls it.  Turns out we don’t need a rest day.  We don’t need it and the kids don’t need it.  We need to be out of the house having fun.

No more excuses next weekend we know what to do. Get outside!

Comments (4)

  • sara Reply

    February 18, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    I so hear you on this! On the weekend days where we suddenly realize everyone is “off”, it’s always because we haven’t gone out to play!

    • sarahcarty Reply

      February 19, 2016 at 5:48 am

      Hi Sara, Yes for us it’s not always about going out in nature, but my kids need to get out and do something fun! Thanks for connecting, Sarah

  • Sarah at Journeys of The Zoo Reply

    March 4, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Yesterday was a rain day for us and while The Kids had fun, they’re ready to get outside today.

    How wonderful that you’re sharing so many unique experiences with your kids. Looking forward to reading more.

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

    • sarahcarty Reply

      March 5, 2016 at 3:49 am

      Hi Sarah, We’ve had a very hard winter with so much rain. We are all looking forward to spring. Thanks for the comment! From Sarah

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