I've heard there are some kids who don't love dirt. They cry "icky" and run looking for a Wet Nap at the mere sight of dirt. There are also mothers out there who can't handle their children getting dirty. A 2 year old munching on a dirt clod would probably send them into the psych ward. While those mothers have blessedly clean hand-me-down clothes from their pristine children, they would also not last on the farm.
From infancy, both the girls have loved playing in dirt. I could probably say that playing in dirt is a favorite past time. It used to sort of bother me, watching my baby crawl to the muddiest spot and plop down to dig tiny fingers into the grime....
Now I have come to terms with the reality and the laundry.
It is a blessed time of evening for me. I just put the girls in bed after bath #2 of the day. I usually don't bother with more than one bath, or a change of clothes, but they got into a fight and were throwing dirt at each other before lunch. Such sweet little princesses. It was too cold for the hose, so it was a bath or allow the grime to seep into more crevasses of my house. I am amazed at the dirt in the bottom of the tub!
Eek! What are they doing? Are they actually foraging for dirt?
Emma went in search for the perfect dirt clod to throw into the river. We were helping take the pump out of the river after irrigating last week. I road on the pipe trailer through the field and my phone bounced out of my pocket. We went on a long search for it and I was dreaming of a new iPhone, when we miraculously found my regular old Razor in the clover. It was singing, "She thinks my tractor's sexy.... it really turns her on... she's always smiling at me while I'm chugging along" as Jeff called my phone over and over again during the search. You have to love personalized ringtones. I have yet to find another one that is so perfect for my husband's calls. I'm even kinda crazy 'bout his farmer's tan.
The girls love nothing better than dirt, but a close second could be yelling into pipes. Maturity must take the glee out of the activity, because I don't see the allure. What I did see was some fantastic pipe to use depth of field on.
Yep, yelling into pipes and climbing on pipes is pretty fun.
Running through the field is also a good activity.
And riding on the tractor with daddy.