Monthly Archives: August 2013


When we were small, my mom had a magnet on her fridge that said “cleaning the house when kids are still growing, is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing”.  I imagine that most parents of young kids are as relieved as I am when its summertime, and that much of playtime can move outside.  We have a son and a daughter, and both of them love playing outside in the yard, and “helping” with yardwork. Being outside definitely helps keep the house less chaotic, but outdoor time has its challenges as well.

One of our favourite features of our yard has always been our pond.  We’ve had all sorts of pond plants and flowers.  We had 8 koi donated by a neighbour, that resulted at least 20 babies the next summer.  We’ve had lots of different kinds of frogs stop by, a few geese, and once even a turtle! For a little tiny pond, it has definitely been a hub of activity.  However, our daughter loves to play “queen of the castle” on the rocks, and our son now crawls everywhere, so we had to reevaluate our priorities.  Last week, the pond was filled in, and the rocks carted away.  We were left with an 8 foot by 8 foot area of empty space.  We discussed all our options of what to do with this space.  A tree?  A vegetable garden?  A rose garden? The idea that carried the day is very reflective of our current needs, and we are the proud new owners of a gigantic sandbox! We’re fortunate, in that there are two playgrounds within easy walking distance of us, so we haven’t installed a play structure of any kind.  We have added lots of fun “décor” which just enhances the “fun-factor” of our yard.

Aside from all the toys that are generally scattered throughout, both kids seem to like helping out in their own way.  Our son likes to help ….. thin the grass (he’s not even a year old, he just likes to pull out handfuls), and our daughter is very diligent at watering her special planters. I know that it is not just these two who love to help out, learn, and play outside.  At Lacoste we have an enthusiastic young gardeners club, which is always growing! We’ve taken a break for July and August, but come September 14th, they’ll be meeting monthly until Christmas!