Tuesday, May 20, 2008

water balloons and bubbles

I know it's been a long time, but here goes...

Summer officially begins for me when Chase
demands, "Time for water balloons, Grammy?", actually it started at 2yrs with, "Ga,Ga, boons, Grammy?" and, at 3yrs, is now, "Gwater bawoons, Gram?"
Also blowing bubbles is high on the summer, have tos. This year Angie got a fancy balloon gun that was loads of fun. Jumping on the trampoline with a sprinkler squirting underneath saved us on our first 100 degree days.

Whole days can be spent in the backyard with a small trickle of water, a bucket to catch it, and hundreds of water balloons filled-then broken, filled-then broken, filled-then broken. But this year our starting day began with a slight deviation from the norm. After tens of balloons met their demise throughout the yard, Chase suddenly took a liking to a baby orange balloon. He cradled it and then paced around the yard searching, until he found just the right spot, under the base of a fern. He gently placed the gwater bawoon, with a..."you wait right there, kay?" Then with his head and arms leaning against the cherry tree, he started counting...."1, 2, 3, 7, 12, 5, 6...weddy or not, you be caught!" Amazingly, Chase searched everywhere in the backyard, until at last he found the orange gwater bawoon right under the fern..."Oh, there you are," he exclaims with a giggle . The giggle at the end is what sealed this experience as one of my favorites.

So.....what are you up to this summer?


Roy said...

Wish I had been there! The water balloon era will live forever in Robinson/Ballard lore.

Thanks for the memories!

Nicole & Kollin said...

Auntie Catherine!! How I've missed your joyous thoughts! We're hoping to either build a shed or add onto our stream! Maybe--but doubtful--get some camping in.

Kimmy Sunshine said...

Going to Rockland, Idaho this weekend, hopefully to Powell w/B's parents and friends other than that nada. Perhaps working in the yard getting it shipshape again. Thanks for reamerging back into the blogging life, it's great to have you back.

abbie said...

Oh how i wish i were there to play with you guys in the backyard! i can't wait to see you soon

Sarah Jean said...

I've missed you Catherine. I'm hoping to purge a lot of things from my home. Get ready DI, here I come.