This is what late February looks like in NC. A high of 78, and a trip down to the greenway on Saturday. I felt like a good mom for several reasons. For one, I am prone to want to stay inside all the time, but my kids, not so much.
So Good Mom Reason Number 1: I chose to let my kids out of doors.
Good Mom Reason 2: I had to lift our super-heavy garage door that is broken and does not open anymore. Have you ever lifted a broken automatic garage door? Very heavy. So I lifted it, braced it on my shoulder, and used my feet to kick out the girl's bikes before closing it again. (Trying to gently let it down before I lost control and it fell with a loud clang and a shudder, narrowly missing my toes.)
(Fiona has the sweetest tricycle in existence. It is a Schwinn roadster.)
Bella, although a bit reticent, did well on her new bigger bike. Much taller than her old one.
Good Mom Reason Number 3: Fiona didn't last too long and I had to carry her tricycle. The whole time.
Good Mom Reason Number 4: After biking on the greenway, I let them play in the creek.
Bella calls it the riverbank, which I love, but it's really just Clark's Creek. I love it though, and it runs all through the extensive greenway giving us several bridges and many opportunities for wading, skipping, and general exploring.
Good Mom Reason Number 5: I let them get muddy and wet.
(Yes, I made her clip for Valentine's Day...upside down.)
(I love this particular spot. Some other family was there catching crayfish.)
Good Mom Reason Number 5: I let them go to the playground afterwards. And I still carried her tricycle the whole way home. It's all metal, including metal fenders, and pretty friggin' heavy for a tricycle.
I fully realize that these are pretty average accomplishments for the average mom and their kids, but I am a little slow on the parenting learning curve. Like I said, I am happy to stay indoors, but this is just another learning and growth opportunity that parenting provides.
And best of all, Fiona took a nap that day.
I love living in the Carolinas. I love the beauty, the trees, the greenway and playground at the end of my street, and a 78 degree day in February.