Before we moved (almost a year ago!) all I wanted was a small, grassy backyard. I wanted to be able to walk out my back door, and play with my favorite people. I didn’t want rocks anymore, or dirt, or trees that required constant leaf raking. Just a simple, easily maintained, flat backyard where family memories could be made all year ’round. I felt so strongly that in this season of life, the young children season, it’s all we needed. We could get our dream backyard later. Our dream acreage and tree-filled lot (and hilly, sigh). It could wait. Right now, all we needed was a tiny backyard.
And that’s exactly what we got. And I couldn’t love it more. We’re about to embark on year two of this cookie-cutter-neighborhood-texas-suburbia adventure, and so far, it’s met all our needs and more. Our backyard may be tiny, but the memories are big, and only getting bigger.
This weekend was one of those weekends where I just knew I’d look back and think, “man, this was a great weekend.” I mentioned on Instagram that I feel like these are the days. These are the days I’m going to wish we could relive. These are the days I’m going to wish had lasted a little longer. These are the days I’m going to wish we could bottle up and keep forever. If I think too hard about how quickly time is passing, it makes me tear up because I don’t want to imagine these days being gone forever.
Our tiny backyard is where our tiny humans will grow up, and learn, and frolic, and explore, and imagine, and create, and giggle, and splash, and get dirty, and swing (if I can convince Daddy to buy a swing set!), and twirl, and run, and fall, and cry, and be brave, and dig, and kick, and throw, and everything else under the sun.
It’s not pretty, and we still have a lot of plans for it, but this weekend it was a dream. We played outside together, soaked up the sun, and mentally prepared for a fun (and hot…Jesus take the wheel!) summer ahead! Adeline played with her water table, and practically begged to put her swimsuit on. I can’t wait to buy her a little pool, and sit in the shade under the patio while she “swims” her heart out.
I think the key to happiness is being content with what you have, and right now, I’d say we’re feeling pretty content. Of course, I wouldn’t mind planting a tree or two, and maybe some flowers here or there. And a little garden. And some string lights. Baby steps!
How was your weekend? Was the weather pretty where you are? Did you play outside all weekend?