What else would one do, on the last day of April, but play in the puddles of an April shower?
The twins recently acquired rain gear. The boots they have had forever (I made a mental note to catch the fall sales last year and got them for a great price, but it meant the twins have been looking at them and begging to wear them ALL winter). The coats, however, are new. And the twins have been itching to wear them in real rain.
There have been a couple of acceptable rains (i.e. no lightning), but I felt it was still too cold. Tonight, however, I knew that we were going to go straight inside to a warm shower (and that I had an empty washing machine in which we could throw their wet clothes as we passed by). So I let them splash - while I stood in the street, under an umbrella, taking pictures.
Now, the twins are NEVER allowed this close to the street (we have a line in the driveway they are not allowed to cross), so they were hesitant...and hopeful, since the end of the driveway had the big puddles. I told them this was a special occasion, and that I would allow them that close to get to the big puddles only because I was standing in the street to make sure they would be safe (our street is not busy). This forbidden treat definitely pushed the experience up a bit on the adventure scale.
My 2 disappointments are that 1) the hood on Ryan's coat is WAY too small...like infant small, and it makes his coat ride up and doesn't cover his head. The thing that frustrates me the most about this was that I saw the most adorable Cars rain hats at Wal Mart the other day and thought, "Ryan would love that, but I can't justify buying it when he can just put up the hood on his coat." Grr.... 2) I had my camera on the complete wrong setting. I couldn't figure out why the pictures were turning out over-exposed, but in all the fun never thought to check all my settings...
My disappointments in no way detracted from the fun.
They splashed and ran and jumped and laughed until they were soaked clear through. And then I announced it was time to head in...after one last jump...
My favorite quote from the evening?
Allie: "The rain tickles me and makes me grow - just like a flower."