When my children were young we often visited my grandparents. My boys loved those visits. My grandparents were frugal but always had fun things for the boys to do. During the summer months the best thing about grandma and grandpa’s house was the freedom to pick from their gardens. In the colder months the basement held the biggest attraction where my grandfather would let them build with wood scraps and use his antique tools.
Last week I had my entire family together here at my home. My oldest son had to have surgery, nothing serious, and was brought to a hospital nearby. It provided an opportunity for all to get together at my home for a couple of days.
I’ve become just like my grandparents in that this time it is my house that the children enjoy visiting.
They snacked from the gardens.
They found new uses for toys pulled out of other people’s trash.
This ride toy Little Guy saw out for trash on our walks and picked it up and rode it back to my house. Here the older two took turns pushing each other up and down the ramp.
The tires I saved shortly after moving here have been put to good use. Some have been planted with flower bulbs, one is a sand box and one hangs from the tree for just this purpose.
My grandson loves to work and stepped in to wash dishes (while his sister played with the soap suds), found my electric mower so enticing he mowed my entire property (trimmed it too)
My granddaughter saw my laundry detergent was low and wanted to make more. She finds the cheese grate fun to use.
They not only snacked from the berries but dug through the rest of the beds pulling out food we could incorporate into dinner.
Little Guy still enjoys knowing he can tear up my bricks around the flower beds to collect slugs and showed them off to his cousins.
Nothing here cost much if anything at all. My dream for my property was to not only provide food for myself but to provide the children with a safe space where they could snack on organic foods while playing. To see them having fun, learning about nature through play and enjoying each others company is all I could ever dream to have for them.