Childhood is living in the moment without a care in the world.

The kids came home from school to find the backyard irrigated. Not very unusual since we irrigate every two weeks. They came inside, ate their snack, completed their homework – and then they noticed the rain starting to fall. It’s as though the rain was the icing on the irrigation cake because they immediately ran upstairs and got swimsuits on. My motherly caution proceeded to tell them that they would be cold and possibly itchy after playing in the grass. Not sure my words were processed in their little brains more than two seconds as they looked at each other and shrugged their shoulders and ran out the door to jump in the water.

They are smart kids – there was no complaining about being cold or itchy. Even when Bennett’s little jaw was chattering, not a word was spoken about being cold.

I watched them running and jumping and splashing in the rain. Laughing and giggling as they opened their mouths to the sky.

Irrigation fun

Irrigation fun

Irrigation fun

Irrigation fun

Irrigation fun

You can take a guess as to how the next series of pictures played out. Even from behind the camera I was asking, “Do you really think this is a good idea?” Had it been her youngest brothers I would have stopped them in their tracks, but she’s getting to the age where she needs to see and learn things on her own, even when she gets sound advice from her experienced parents!

Irrigation fun

Irrigation fun

Irrigation fun

Irrigation fun

Irrigation fun

Irrigation fun

We have a pool that they haven’t touched in two weeks – but flood the backyard and they’re all in. Of course they jumped in the pool later to warm up and wash off the grass! They grow up too quickly.

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