We have had almost 2 weeks straight of unseasonably cold, damp weather. Early last week we even had snow flurries! Today the weather finally turned beautiful again, at long last. It also coincided with one of my three-day weekends which made it even better.
Mark was supposed to be sanding and refinishing the dining room floor today but he wasn’t feeling well. He also had quite a bit of preparation to do, so he won’t do the sanding until tomorrow. Which means that all 3 boys and I will be spending most of the day out of the house – the sanding machine is deafening. We’ll see how good I’ll be at entertaining the brood all day – it should be interesting.
Instead we did some shopping and housework, prepped the room for sanding and I did laundry (it seems ALL of my clothes are dirty). Shortly before Isaac’s bus was due to arrive I took Jonny out for a walk to meet him. He enjoyed the stroll and even stayed still long enough to take some pictures.
After we got Isaac from school, he changed clothes and we went to the park for about an hour. We weren’t there ten minutes before Isaac fell and hurt his back. I was still unloading a couple things from the van when he came running back inside and demanded to go back home. I told him that we’d just got there, and he didn’t have to play if he didn’t want to, but we were all going to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. He sat next to me on the bench for a few minutes, then walked around gloomily for awhile.
Then he felt better and spent the rest of the time happily playing with Jonny. Ben enjoyed watching the kids and the trees. He still is not fond of direct sunlight on his face. Jonny had a blast running around and playing. He found another little boy his own age to play with. I was glad that Jonny was wearing bright orange because it made him easier to spot when he tried to wander away!
It turns out that Jonny’s new friend had an older brother who has autism. I chatted briefly with their mom. I’ve found that having a child with special needs can be isolating at times – it was nice to be able to talk with someone who understands some of the challenges. I hope we see them in the park again sometime.
We got home and had New York Strip steaks (cooked medium rare, of course) hot off the grill. Delicious! We made chicken for the boys.
I’m so glad it’s warm again!