Last night we gave into the pleas of the kids and sat down by the creek that runs along two sides of our yard. I am so glad we did! What simple joy we had as a family while Bean scrambled up and around on the bridge, picked up garbage (she's becoming the greenie in the family!), poked sticks into the water and discovered tracks down in the mud. Bear and Bug started wading in deeper and deeper until Bug inevitably plopped down in the mud where he discovered rocks that could be thrown with a satisfying ga-lub into the water. This was a wondrous discovery to him, and it reminded me that even after three kids, one of the best parts of being a parent is getting to see the world through the fresh eyes of a child.
My favorite part, though, was splashing El Guapo from my side of the creek by heaving large rocks across to his side sending sprays of cold, dirty water all over him while he squealed like a girl. OK, not really like a girl, but he doesn't have the same affinity for water that I do, so he was kindred to Queen Vicky and was thoroughly not amused.
If you haven't just sat by the water and chucked stones lately, give it a try. I really recommend it as a stress reliever, even if you don't have someone to splash (but that helps!). There was extra laundry to do, and I found rocks in the washing machine afterwards, but it was totally worth it. Here's to long summer evenings and lots of rock tossing.