This afternoon was dreamy.
Since the kids had been cooped up for basically my whole pregnancy, I decided to force them outside.
That and the fact Faye is still as jumpy and energetic as ever, and I couldn't get her to sit still and quietly around the baby. She kept bouncing, squirming, wiggling, kicking, etc. She just would not settle down.
Thank heavens for that trampoline!
I tried to get the kids to go outside, but they didn't want to go. Keith is such a homebody. He doesn't even like to go outside.
"Its too hot. I will burn my feet. I don't want to go out!"
This is what I usually hear when it comes time for him to go out.
I bribed the kids with popsicles and forced them into the back.
I put Beth into the baby wrap and went out with the kids.
The weather was perfect. It was in the upper 80's with a soft cool breeze blowing about us, whispering of autumn. Which, of course, put me in a savor the moment kind of mood.
As we were eating the popsicles, the wind rustled in the garden jungle.
I told the kids we had to go on a hunt, there was a beast in the jungle and we had to hunt through and find it.
It was a lovely hunt that turned into chasing butterflies which led us over to the grapes and then the apple tree.
Beth and I climbed up onto the edge of the trampoline and leaned against the netting while the kids scampered up and down the tree. They dared each other to go higher and higher, laughing and clamoring for my attention.
"Look at me, Mom, look at me!"
"Take a picture of me, Mom."
"Can you see how high I am? When you were a kid did you ever climb this high?"
It was adorable.
Keith asked if I remembered that time we sat under the apple tree last year and read Roald Dahl's The Twits. Of course I do, I cherish that day, it was simply beautiful. As we talked about it, we decided that we would need to do that again. We decided on a book, and made plans to go to the book store after Jeffrey got home. I am excited. I want to introduce my kids to the magical world of Harry Potter. I figure, if Keith can excitedly sit through The Hobbit, he shouldn't have much difficulty with Harry Potter. I am very excited to read it to him. I also got Half Magic, a book I have heard much about from my sisters, but have never actually read.
Tomorrow, Keith and I are going to go to the store to get some treats, and then, in the afternoon while the baby sleeps, we are going to congregate beneath the branches of the apple tree and embark on a journey to Hogwarts. I am excited, and am really hoping Keith will be interested. I want him to be more interested in reading than he is. Faye likes stories a lot more than he does, and I want them to develop and keep a deep love for learning.