playing restaurant with Aunt Jaden

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In truth a family is what you make it. It is made strong, not by number of heads counted at the dinner table, but by the rituals you help family members create, by the memories you share, by the commitment of time, caring, and love you show to one another, and by the hopes for the future you have as individuals and as a unit.”
—Marge Kennedy

Week 6

Things are getting real. 6 weeks in and we’re not sure how long this is going to last.

If nothing else, we’re more than grateful we have each other during this time.

Family is everything.

more fire pit smores with the family

Some things really aren’t changing. Week after week you’ll find that we’re still hanging out in the backyard as much as possible.

If it’s not raining, cold, or incredibly hot, we’re going to be outside.

Day and night. After all, s’mores are ideal for anytime!

fence chalk drawings

And this girl still isn’t letting go of her sidewalk chalk. We’ve ordered more but it’s been weeks and we don’t have a delivery date yet.

Riley and her grandpa pretending to drink soda

When we’re inside, the play food is usually the activity of choice by the toddler.

At least we can pretend we’re enjoying a cold, refreshing drink somewhere other than home, right?!

introducing earthworms to toddler

Speaking of said toddler, we also enjoy finding new things to introduce her to.

For instance, week 4 it was a big frog. This week?

An earthworm! Another fun idea brought to us by Aunt Jaden.

step 2 red wagon for toddlers

Of course, sometimes we shake it up for her outside too.

Her grandpa ordered this Step2 wagon for her quite some time ago, and it’s seeing plenty of use now!

She loves going for walks around the neighborhood in it, as well as walks around the kitchen.

Texas garter snake

I’m not sure if it’s a good or bad thing, but Riley wasn’t around when we ran into this guy.

Although it’s a harmless Texas garter snake, we didn’t want him rustling around our landscaping. We’re not convinced Riley won’t think it’s a worm and try to pick it up.

Thankfully we were able to relocate him to a creek near the front of our neighborhood instead.

more fun in the toddler kiddie pool

As for this sun-drenched cutie, she still loves her little kiddie pool. It’s all about splashing for her right now.

toddler and her pup

Well, that and her “dada.”

Honestly, both of these two love their dads. Here they stand at the back door looking in waiting for one or the other to come back outside.

bringing in fill dirt for project

Oh! Plus we started our backyard summer project!

The whole family pitched in to help.

all hands on deck for backyard project

Whether watching Riley, digging, tossing dirt, breaking down clumps, or wetting down the area, there was plenty to keep everyone busy.

leveling ground for backyard above ground pool

It took several days of work to get everything done, but we’re almost to the end of this part so we can move on to the next phase.

Stay tuned next week…

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