In Upstate South Carolina, it’s been raining to beat the band. We’ve watched a lot of Netflix and played a lot of Minecraft and Pokemon games, but we’ve also managed to squeeze in some outdoor summer fun during the (few and far between) dry spells. The girls have had a wonderful time playing with a big box of chalk (48 colors!) that I picked up on a whim. Best $8 I’ve ever spent!
For the Fourth of July, we had a midday barbecue at my mother’s house, so we could visit with my little niece and nephew, who were in town for the holiday. Cheeseburgers, pasta salad and a big ol’ cookie cake = one awesome holiday celebration!
When we got home, Lakin and Addah drew big American flags and brilliant fireworks on our front patio. David ducked out between rain showers and grilled chicken for us… so delicious! He’s thrilled to have a grill again, courtesy of my papa and stepmother. Grilling is definitely his idea of perfect outdoor summer fun. He’s still getting used to the charcoal grill, after having a gas grill for years, but I think he’s adapted wonderfully. To be honest, I’m thinking I might ask him to grill dinner every night between now and October!
We tried to catch the downtown Greenville fireworks, which were launched in spite of the downpour, but we only managed to catch the tail end. Personal fireworks aren’t technically allowed in our neck of the woods, but that didn’t stop our brave neighbors from lighting up the night (all night) with Roman candles and bottle rockets!
The entire weekend was a rainy mess, but it finally dried up for a full 24 hours yesterday — and the girls couldn’t wait to get out of the house! They enlisted the help of their buddy upstairs and decorated the entire front walkway and part of the parking lot with chalk drawings.
The only downside to the girls spending so much time outside is that the bugs and mosquitoes are everywhere! I don’t deal well with constant itching bites, and our natural bug spray only works for so long, so I spent a good bit of my “outdoor summer fun time” inside, in the air conditioning, knitting a pair of socks for David. Hey, different strokes for different folks!
I like to think that our childless neighbors appreciate the bright colors and whimsy of Pokemon and stick figure children dancing on the asphalt. If not, they won’t have long to wait before the chalk is all washed away — it’s supposed to rain again tomorrow!
What kind of outdoor summer fun are you enjoying?