I try to take the kids out in the morning, before it gets too steamy. I lay out a blanket in the shade so Henry has a safe place to hang out. He loved it. This is about as happy of a look as Henry gets. :)
For Nick, all it takes to make him happy is a $7 wading pool and some tupperware.
It's funny, though. Nick doesn't spend much time actually in the pool. He'd rather dump out the pool one cup at a time. I'm not complaining. It keeps him busy. Every once in awhile I go over and dump him in the pool, and he laughs. Then he continues emptying the pool.
Yesterday, he was using this cup and pretending to drink coffee. "Mommy, look. I drinking my coffee. It good coffee." Can you tell this kid lives with two caffeine addicts for parents?
So what do I do to make myself happy on a hot and sunny day? I brew a nice cup of iced tea (Earl Grey, of course) and sit next to Henry on the blanket. I've been sitting in the sun, though. I know, I'm naughty. But just a little bit of sun makes my skin stop breaking out, so I indulge. The best part? My Nook works great even in bright sunlight.
I've been reading at an incredible pace this summer. It must be all of the sitting around and breastfeeding. I'm not a TV person, and I have to do something to stay awake. Just since I got my Nook, I've read:
A+ Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
A+ Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
A The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
A The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
B+ Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman
B+ Bossypants by Tina Fey
B+ Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha
B Germs, Genes, & Civilization: How Epidemics Shaped Who We Are Today by David P. Clark
B Daffodils in Spring by Pamela Morsi
B The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma and Jim Brozina
B How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer
B- The Sweetest Thing by Barbara Freethy
That's not counting the three books I'm currently reading. I think this Nook is going to be addictive. Also possibly expensive.
I do like hanging out in the backyard, though. I have a great view of Nick, I can read, and Henry gets to practice his baby push ups.