Friday, March 2, 2012

You can't miss us

Last week, I took the kids to a park near our house to burn off some energy before dinner.

Clearly, they had all been cooped up indoors too much due to the severe allergies caused by all the pollen and dust currently circulating in our area. We haven't had rain in at least four months! Maybe more, it's just too depressing to keep count.

When we got to the park, we realized that most of it was flooded from "irrigation". I'm not sure how it works, but instead of sprinklers, the entire park gets completely flooded once a month (?).  Evidently, the grass still dies, but I'm guessing it's keeping the trees alive. The city does manage to keep the grass green spring, summer, and fall, but unless they start putting out winter grass in the fall, this is what "grass" in our area looks like this time of year. It's definitely not a golf course. 

The boys had brought along their scooter, and seeing as we could not make the usual laps, quickly came up with the brilliant idea of racing down this little steep part at the park.

They did this for about an hour, and then were still bummed when I told them it was time to go home. Now, they ask almost daily if we can go back to the park and do it again, but this last week has been horrendous as far as allergies, and Isaac's asthma has accordingly been bad. 

All the non-indigenous, highly allergenic trees will stop blooming just as soon as we hit the triple digits and it will be too hot to go outside!!!

Anna, our only normal child as I like to say, just sat there munching on a snack and watching the madness. Later, she decided to join in the fun and kept running up and down the same hill, taking quite a few spills as she did so. 

It had totally slipped my mind that the husband of a friend of mine was going to stop by that evening to drop something off at our house. Therefore, we were not home when he came. On his way home, leaving our neighborhood, he heard a bunch of screeching kids at the park, and thought to himself "I bet that's them". Sure enough, there we were, at the park.

You can't miss us. Just follow the happy squeals and screams.


  1. I know what you mean about the pollen. After Isaac's ordeal a few weeks ago, my allergy-induced asthma sufferer Ethan was also hospitalized. His can usually be kept in check with herbs, but he got a slight cough and it was too much.

    We saved our nebulizer back from the time we used standard treatment and it did absolutely nothing. Unlike y'all however, we have had some rain, be we are still in drought.

    Looks like everyone had a blast. Loved the videos.

  2. P.S. You cannot imagine how much Miriam reminds me of my Lydia. They are nearly the exact age to the day. I bet they'd have the time of their life together!

  3. Brilliant! Looks as though you all had great fun! Can't believe how BIG Anna looks now! Meg is still not quite walking independently...but not too much longer I think, as she has taken one or two steps alone when she forgets I let go! ;)

    I think the grass is so funny...kinda looks like our garden when we lived in Brisbane, Australia. But now, in Ireland it is green all year shortage of rain here! If only we could mail some to you guys! ;)

  4. It makes me happy to see families going out and doing things together:) Your little guys seem to be enjoying themselves immensely!

  5. VERY cute! Your children look like they LOVE being outside!! :)

  6. Elizabeth,

    Love the new family picture, beautiful!!


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