“Uh-huh, Uh-huh, Yo, Yo…”

Nothing says “family bonding” like filling a ditch together

It’s true.  Our children were in 7th heaven digging up dirt and getting dusty, while El Jefe and I sang show tunes.  Don’t I paint a picture of a happy family? Ok, that second part isn’t true.  El Jefe kept getting annoyed because a song from “Cats” kept popping in his head.  We went and saw it at his school last weekend… awesome set, great choreography, fabulous costumes, beautiful voices, and an incredibly painful script/story…but I digress.

So, back to filling ditches.  It’s a great family project.   Chunk #1 learned how to be aware of the space around him when using a shovel.    Chunk #2 learned to stay away from Chunk #1 when he has a shovel.  Chunk #2 also learned to not fall on broken bricks.   Daddy learned that Chunk #1 can be tricked into thinking work is awesome.  I believe the direct  quote was “This stuff that we’re doing is cool!”  And Mommy learned  that  moments like these are priceless.  Dad did most the work (Dad. Is. Awesome.),  but the fact that the kids wanted to help, and we all worked together, was really great.

Proud helper:

proudhelper.jpg  He was especially proud of how deep that hole was.


resting.jpg  Look at that whole trench filled in!

Resting and watching:


I gave her that washcloth for her face (she was super dirty) but she wanted it for her car instead.

We’re so glad to have that new wall and that little bit of extra space.  Picture it with me:  Grass and a couple of raised gardens.  Won’t it be great?  Then I’ll say “Nothing says ‘family bonding’ like weeding a garden.”  Do you think we can still trick the kids into thinking it’s fun?


One response

  1. At this age, you can trick the kids into almost anything. As they grow older and wiser, it’s not so easy.
    Your yard is going to be great!

    February 20, 2008 at 8:16 pm

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