On Saturday we had snow. Today we had a high of 21°C (69°F), so we had to spend a few hours at the park this afternoon. We took along a picnic lunch and some bubbles and had a great time.
Here are the kids playing with bubbles:
"Whhhhhy?" he whined.
"Because it's a beautiful day and we need more outside time."
"But we already had outside time today."
"I know, but it's so beautiful outside today and you're going to go outside some more."
"Because," I said, putting on my best Boss Mom voice. "I'm the boss and I said so."
"Silly Mommy," Alexander said. "You're not the boss. Bosses have big, mean voices, not nice mommy voices!"
Despite all their protestations, I finally got them herded outside where they played beautifully together. They invented a game where they were all royalty (at the playground they had all been pirates and Alexander kept saying things like, "Hi, matey! Hi, mine other matey!") and didn't want to come in when they were called for dinner (of course).
It's kind of nice to have Alexander at an age where he can actually play with the kids. He's no longer my shadow. He understands how make believe works. It's a rather remarkable change. And as much as I missed having him by my side...I also finished my book.
So I think it's a nice change.