Isn't it grand when you succeed at something? And isn't it all the more satisfying when it's something you don't usually do and are not completely sure of what you're doing?!
Today was that day for me! It started with successfully pumping up the kids' new soccer ball. It doesn't seem a big deal probably to most people but, it was proving itself a wee bit tricky. Turns out you need to have the needle fully inserted so that the pump is right against the ball in order for it to work. So pleased to walk into the living room and joyfully toss the ball in the air in front of the kiddos. They were thrilled and all clambered outside to start kicking the ball around.
My second round of success was being able to fix the kids' wagon. Somehow the kids had managed to bust the tongue of the wagon that held the handle in place. Marko just recently ordered a new tongue so I set to work this morning on the deck. The weather was beautiful so it was a great spot to work. I was armed with a channel lock, an adjustable wrench and a screwdriver. It was a bit awkward to get the old part off, but off it came and the new piece was installed. Final touch was to put the handle back on and that was the easiest part to do! Yay! I love to build stuff or put stuff together but usually I'm also armed with instructions. Today I didn't have my usual safety net and I was so pleased to be able to accomplish this small feat.
This afternoon we took the wagon for a spin down to the waterfront. What a great time we had. Nate and Emma-Lyn rode in the wagon while Sean happily walked along beside me. The kids love running around the turntable and of course finding rocks to toss into the water. After awhile I noticed Emma-Lyn walking with the wagon and every once in awhile she would pick something up and toss it in the wagon. Sean quickly caught on and decided to help her. They were playing recycling... Too funny. It ended up as a family effort to tidy up the area. There was some broken glass in places that we decided was much better left alone but, we picked up a number of plastic cups and other odds and ends. The kids loved to be able to help out and enjoy their time at the waterfront. Success! :)