During lockdown we had lots of time to spend outside in our small yard. To keep Abel contained so he couldn’t crawl away but could still enjoy the sunshine, I found this big plastic tub in our garage and cleaned it out so he could sit in it. It’s the perfect size and because it’s so flexible, he can’t pull himself to standing because the sides aren’t sturdy enough.
I put a soft blanket, some toys, and books in the tub with him and he was happy playing and reading!
This book is one of his favourites; ‘That’s Not My Bee’. He loves the touchy-feely books!
Unfortunately now that we’re halfway through May (and just a few weeks from winter!) it’s getting colder and rainier so it’s harder to dry clothes outside, but I took full advantage of the warm sunshine and low chance of rain while it lasted.
We enjoyed lots of iced coffee while Kalina was here, especially trying out Dalgona Whipped Coffee, the hottest new trend in coffee. (The one pictured here is just regular iced coffee, no frills). We made brownies too, lots of them. So. Dang. Good. This is my favorite recipe.
We did a little photo shoot in the bushes with Abel. I might be biased but he’s prettyyyy stinking cute.
Of course we can’t forget Kalina. 😉
There’s one corner of our yard that was SO overgrown it was just an unsightly tangle of bushes and dead leaves. Over a few days, with Kalina’s help, I transformed it and it actually looks beautiful now. Since we’ve lived in this house I’ve kind of ignored the gardens except a few bushes in front of the house. But now I’m so excited about cleaning up the outside and making our yard look nice! These succulents were in my living room window for a few months, since my friend gave them to me. I was pleasantly surprised that they stayed alive (I don’t have the greenest thumb) and when we worked on this corner of the yard, I found so many pots, so I planted the succulents in them (and threw the really ugly pots and garden decorations under the deck).
The other thing about this plastic tub – you can fill it with a blanket and toys, or you can put some water and bath toys for some fun water play in the warm weather! Abel loves it both ways.
What did you get up to during lockdown? Here in NZ we have moved down to alert level 3 which means stores are open again, we are moving towards ‘normal’ again, although we still have a long ways to go. It’s good to be able to visit with family again. Our church is still online since religious services are only allowed 10 people, but we’ve enjoyed going to Jared’s parents’ house and watching the services with them. Are you still in lockdown, or slowly emerging from it like us in NZ?