We’ve been in the midst of a drought over the past month or so. Lawns are drying up, leaves are hanging limply from the trees, and water bans are in full effect. Any rain we’ve had has been in the form of thunderstorms that dramatically charge through, showing off with wind and noise, but the actually rainfall amount is negligible and runs off the land rather than soaking in.
We’ve been desperately needing rain. A long, slow, steady rain.
Yesterday morning we woke to gray, ominous skies. Shane climbed up on the couch to peer out the window. “Rain coming? Big rain coming?”
He struggled into his new rain boots before the soft drizzle even began.
“Rain coming? Go outside?”
His attempts to wrestle his raincoat into submission ended in frustrated tears. Upside-down and backwards, he just couldn’t get it on right. Once his coat was righted and his arms were tucked inside the too-long sleeves, he sat down on the kitchen floor and set to work on the buckles.
“Han do it. Han play outside. Rain coming!”
He was suited up and ready to go before the gentle mist had turned into a soft rain. Begrudgingly, I pulled my own raincoat and boots out of the closet and followed him outside. He chattered excitedly down the stairs to the driveway.
“Rain coming! Go outside! Han jump puddles!”
And “jump puddles,” he did.
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Lisa @ 5 Orange Potatoes is hosting Outdoor Challenge Mondays, a challenge in which participants get their children outdoors, experiencing nature, every day (rain or shine!), and then post about the highlights of the previous week each Monday. Check out this week’s post on her blog to see the outdoor adventures of those participating in this challenge!