Monday, March 30, 2009

Way Out West

The last few mornings we have awakened to snow on the ground, but as the day progresses it usually goes away. After all, it's spring! That's what it's supposed to do!

Some days are rainy and chilly, but other days the sun comes out... and what a welcome sight that is! I haven't seen the temperature go much above 50 yet, but the kids pull on their heavy hoodies and head out to play in the sunshine after their school work is done.

One day last week I discovered that our backyard had been transformed into the open prairie of pioneer days! Our utility wagon was the covered wagon, and the girls took turns being the pioneer and the horse or oxen that was pulling the wagon. The dog played the part of the cow! They set up camp on the deck, with a play tent that they are really too big for. (Shhhh! Don't tell them.)

Later, after the pioneers had gone on to other pursuits, I stepped out on the deck to discover that a claim jumper had taken over their camp!
I spoke with her about the situation, but from all indications she was not a bit interested in giving up her claim.
After all, there were cushy pillows... and the sun shining on the walls of the tent had a greenhouse effect to warm the interior of the tent.

Ahhh... spring!


Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Ah, the joys of a child's imagination and claim jumper looks like she means to stay.

MuseSwings said...

What fun playing Little House on the Prairie! Holler when it's time to light the campfire. Your little claim jumper looks very pleased with the new digs.

Emily said...

With the warmer weather, it is so nice to have the kids playing outside more and exercising their creativity outdoors. My kids are 5 and 3 and often get restless with the cold weather (which we are having right now!) I am longing for more Spring days. What a cute photo of your cat!! Have a beautiful day!

A Romantic Porch said...

Ah, she's so pretty and content. I can almost hear her purring. xorachel

TattingChic said...

OH, that claim jumper is one adorable scallywag! She looks very comfortable and I wouldn't have the heart to move her, LOL!

Sounds like everyone is having fun! OH! The JOYS of SPRING! :)

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Oh how cute! She looks happy and content!

Laura said...

it was a stagecoach! not a covered wagon ;)

Joy said...

The cat looks so cute and cozy! It's nice for the kids to get some fresh air too.

Ramona said...

Aww, that was sweet. I wouldn't boot the little claim jumper out either. She can go along for the ride and the more the merrier.