This heat wave has been lovely, and perfect for running through the sprinkler. This was one item on the summer bucket list I knew the kiddos would love, and we’ve done it most afternoons recently.
It’s one of those things that is fun for the kids, hilarious to watch and has the added benefit of keeping them cool and wearing them out, what’s not to love?
Watching the kiddos playing in the sprinkler always gives me, Pinch Me by the Barenaked Ladies, as an earworm, never a bad thing.
It’s the perfect time of day
To throw all your cares away
Put the sprinkler on the lawn
And run through with my gym shorts on.
Take a drink right from the hose
And change into some drier clothes
Climb the stairs up to my room
Sleep away the afternoon.
This is what summer should be about, letting go of your worries, having fun, relaxing or, even better, having a nap. It’s how we roll in the summer, we wear ourselves out splashing around in the garden and keeping cool, then we head in and chill out during the hotter part of the day.
As an aside, when we saw them in concert one time they sang this, and changed the line, ‘and run through with my gym shorts on’ to, ‘ with no clothing on’, which is the line I sing whenever I am belting out this song (much to my children’s utter embarrassment!). In reality the song is all about depression and how things can be awesome, but they’re just not for you, which is why I connect with it.
Playing in the sprinkler is also amazingly photogenic, you end up with photos of massive grins, kiddos trying to dodge the water and awesome air, as they leap over the sprinkler head.
It never fails to make me laugh that Annie really doesn’t like water on her face, and sometimes showers can be a bit of a battle, but give her a sprinkler or the hose and she’s happy to get soaking wet!
Last summer, playing in the sprinkler would cause Ez Bear’s nappy to swell up to alarming proportions, but now he’s potty trained life is so much easier. Though I hate how quickly they’re growing up, it does have some advantages.
Have your kiddos played in the sprinkler or paddling pool yet this summer? Are you making your way through your Summer Bucket List? If so what’s been the most popular activity so far?