= 3 hours of (relative) peace for Mom.
One of the disadvantages of living in the country (and 50 miles from a town with a stoplight) is that the kids don't have friends down the street or a library around the corner. We have plenty of chores to keep us busy, but sometimes we have to stretch our imaginations to come up with new recreation ideas. Chasing the chickens only lasts so long, and unlike our neighbor's five-year-old, my kids aren't thrilled with the idea of roping goats and dogs for fun.
Sometimes I like to surprise them with a special treat like a new game or outdoor toy. This week, we went to town for 4-H interviews (and parts and groceries - we must multi-task on our trips to town), so I browsed the clearance aisle of summer toys. I'm wary of the Slip-n-Slide. I already have one child in a cast, and I don't care to gamble.
This little fishy looked like a safer alternative. I should have known better. They soon had the slide and swings rigged up so they could splash into the water from greater hights. Luckily, no bones were broken, and the $4.99 was paid off - and then some - by the smiles I captured this afternoon.
Who knew that two inches of water could be so much fun?