If there's one thing my kids love in summer it's a play in the yard in the late afternoon, water fights and requesting a picnic afternoon tea or to eat dinner alfresco. Fortunately our yard and entertaining area is shaded in the afternoon so hot lazy afternoons are frequent.
With Christmas some thirty-four sleeps away, if you've caught recent posts you'll know we've been spending a lot of time outdoors tending to our yard and garden getting it ready to host Christmas dinner here with Ben's family. But unbeknownst to the kids we are also getting our outdoor area ready for the influx of kids outdoor toys and play equipment that we have planned with the big man in the red suit this Christmas.
It literally took Ben one minute to set up the kids picnic table and to have it ready after a lazy weekend nap as a surprise for the kids. Its bright colours and umbrella were an instant hit with the kids and the first thing that was asked was if they could eat dinner at the picnic table that night. Lucky for Cohen and Sarah I had two of my homemade Lemonade, Pear and Ginger Ice-blocks in the freezer to indulge them with for afternoon tea instead. So they dragged the picnic table over beside one of their favorite trees in the yard, by our hibiscus tree where they often find interesting bugs and insects and set themselves up.
Although there was no bug spotting, all three kids enjoyed sitting at their new picnic table taking in the afternoon and making a right old sticking mess out of their ice-blocks. The sticky mess was an easy fix with a squirt of the hose within seconds.
The table is a perfect addition to our yard and the kids play, it's already become a conversation pit where they're enjoying sitting and chatting and telling jokes, it's set to be getting a lot use this coming summer as we've had requests every single afternoon so far for us to allow them to eat their afternoon tea or dinner there.
Let the Summer and festive celebrations begin. Do your children enjoy a bit of picnicking at home?