Whether or not I spend time outside makes a drastic difference in how my day goes. Being out of the house, getting fresh air, and moving around just lifts my spirits tremendously. My mind just works better when I've taken time to go outside -I have more patience and energy to go around, so it basically benefits everybody. Especially Fox.
The other day, we had been inside all day, and I was definitely feeling it. Fox had taken a nap, but I hadn't. All I wanted to do was lay on the couch, but he just wanted to play. With me. I was feeling so negative and tired and I couldn't believe there were still four more hours until Camaron would get home. I'm so grateful my mind didn't fully shut down -even though it was hot hot hot outside, I knew that was exactly what the two of us needed. I didn't have the energy for the park, but I could handle the backyard. And I knew a good activity that would help out in the heat.
Fox and I grabbed a couple of random dishes, filled them with water and food coloring (kid loves colors. Yay!), then got playing. Fox was seriously entertained for a good fifteen minutes just scooping and pouring water back and forth. Then we watered our dead garden (didn't put in nearly enough effort this year. oops). Then we just went nuts with the water. We covered the burning patio so our poor little feet wouldn't roast on it anymore. Then we splashed and poured and sprayed some more.
Take that, AZ heat! You can't shut us in quite yet!