Today we had Sam and Lilli come over to play at our house while their parents were working. We started off inside for about an hour, but then started getting ready to go play outside – you know, snacks, shoes, sunscreen, water bottles, change a diaper, etc. During this getting ready process, the kids were sequestered inside, but could hardly stand it.
What are they all looking at? Raccoons!!
While we were getting ready to go, two baby raccoons headed over to our house. I herded the kids in because 1) the coons seemed too friendly to be safe, and 2) they were out in broad daylight; also not normal. They were super cute though. When we went out to check on their whereabouts, they would want to follow us back in. It was so strange. So, we snuck out the back and crept passed them in the front. They spotted us though and started to follow us. Their behavior was quickly explained when the neighbor from across the street ran over and picked them up! Yep, they were friendly, but not because they were sick; they were pets! It made me want to take the kids over to pet them, but the neighbor seemed unwilling to engage in conversation with me and scurried on home. (It should be noted that he was probably about 13-14 years old.)
After that excitement, we headed to the park. We entertained ourselves on the playground. Then, they discovered the trees. Sam loves to climb trees, so this was perfect.
We enjoyed a snack under the shade. Madison, Sam and Lilli up in the air; Ellie and I down on the ground.
Then, we headed back on the hiking trail. Suddenly, a “secret kingdom” with little workers emerged before our eyes! It was magical. (Really, it was a group of people setting up for a wedding, but it was pretty cool.)
The kids played in the creek – chasing crawdads, digging, and stomping in the water. It was a great time.
We headed home hand-in-hand (or stomach to back in some cases) to pancakes and eggs for lunch.
It was a good day.