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Pin #49: Boys and Dirt

April 6, 2013

First of all, this post is not meant to be sexist in anyway.  I KNOW there are plenty of girls who are loud and love dirt and many boys who don’t like getting their hands dirty.   But for the case of this post, and my family, it couldn’t be more true that ‘boy’ can be defined as ‘noise with dirt on it.’

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Pin #49 Boys, Noise, Dirt…check, check, check

We’ve had a pretty exciting couple of weeks out in our yard.  The sun has been SHINING in Seattle/Edmonds and there is nothing that provides more joy after a grey winter than the sun in this city.  On Easter Sunday the weather report was even calling for 70 degrees in some places.  Yep, we all got (very mild) sunburns on our vampire white skin and it was glorious.  (Shhh…don’t tell my dermatologist friend, oh wait, she was here and her son was the first to strip his shirt off!).  Ok, I’ll stop gushing about the sun and move on to the dirt.

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With all the nice weather, we got about 10 steps ahead on his ‘spring yard plan.’  We (and I mean Andrew) were able to prepare the yard for a new play structure that we installed last weekend. (More on that in a future post).  In the mean time, brick pavers had to be moved,  plants had to be transplanted, grass had to replace areas we wanted to reclaim for the yard, ground had to be leveled, wood chips delivered…..ahh…the (non) joy of the prep work for the ‘good stuff’ to come.  Luca had a great time alongside dad for most of this work.  He’s a trooper and is working on his digging calluses.

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One result of all this work was a HUGE pile of dirt in the corner of the yard.  To my boys, and their dad, this equaled heaven!  Not to mention hours of play.  It was amazing.  The first day the dirt pile resulted in unearthing so many outside trucks and shovels and other digging devices.  It felt as though along with the dirt pile, Spring had arrived!! Milo toddled down to play too. We could have watched him play for hours.  He started out with a shovel and then just plunked down on the pile and began scooping dirt up in his bare hands and watching as he let it fall back to the pile by opening each finger. He did this over and over for 10 or 15 minutes.   Watching someone discover something new is a treat.  Luca found a digger he hadn’t played with in months and he and Milo took turns filling up wagons and wheel barrows full of dirt and re-dumping.

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Sand boxes are great, I already knew that, but this dirt pile has been the biggest hit of spring so far (and yes, I’m including the above mentioned new play structure!).  My boys love the dirt, and they are, without a doubt, the definition of LOUD. If I didn’t already have too much, or at least my limit of, ‘word art’ around the house, I’d be ordering the art of this pin.  But for now, we’ll just celebrate spring and all the dirt that comes along with it!

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**I had just taken the How to Shoot in Manual Workshop, so I’m proud to say all these shots were all in M mode and it was fun playing with the very intense sunshine coming in at different angles.

49 down…..51 to go!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 6, 2013 12:49 pm

    This looks like so much fun. We retired the “dirt sandbox” function of our planters this weekend in favor of actually planting some seeds, and it kinda broke my heart! We need to find a good spot for a dirt pile!

  2. April 6, 2013 12:50 pm

    P.S. AWESOME photos.

  3. Olivia permalink
    April 6, 2013 5:47 pm

    These pictures are so beautiful!!!!!!!!! One of my favorite photo sessions of yours!

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