We had one of those days recently where we were just seriously getting on each others nerves. It had the makings of a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
So instead of moping around and snipping at each other until Daddy came home, I decided we needed a change of view.
I gathered a few supplies and had the kids help haul them outside to the back yard. Which is where we spent the rest of the afternoon.
I ordered a pizza and we ate cross-legged and picnic style under the shade of our pecan trees.
We played games. The kids climbed up and down the slide, in and out of the sandbox, and when they got bored with those we pulled out the paint.
I don't remember the last time all three were that quiet at the same time without being asleep.
We go outside a lot. And we have fun. This day felt different though. A few toys, some paint, and a pizza was all it took to turn it around into an extra special backyard play day.