I used to love it when Ian was a toddler because with the longer days we actually got to play outside when I got home from work. It was so much fun watching him run around having the best time of his life! I can still remember that stinky little boy smell from sweating the afternoon away. And the bath water being a murky tan color after his bath! Sure signs he had had an exceptionally fun time playing outside.
Ian loved playing in his Little Tikes yard toy. Boy, did that thing take a beating from him and his friends! It amazes me that 22 years later, Little Tikes is still making a very similar piece of play equipment.
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Playing in the sprinkler was definitely a highlight for him, too. He absolutely adored the sprinkler his Grandma Helen gave him for his second birthday. If his birthday had been in the summer, I sure could decorated his entire party in a fireman's theme and let the kids soak themselves with this in the backyard.
Contrary to the above pictures, I promise he did sometimes wear a shirt in the summer. But the warm weather usually did make clothing optional. :)
Even though Ian is all grown up, I still enjoy spending time doing summer stuff with him. This year we purchased season tickets to the Muny, our outside theater in St. Louis. It's a bonus that we get to spend time with his wife, Kayla, also.
What kind of fun outdoor things are on your agenda for the summer? We better get busy checking things off the list because summer usually goes by in a blink of an eye. And moms out there -- hold tight to your little ones and take lots of pictures because they really do grow up so fast!
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