July 12, 2009

Small Town Snapshot Sunday #17

It's Small Town Snapshot Sunday! Read the rules and get the banners here. Be sure you include the link to your post at the bottom of this entry and also, tag your post "stss" or "small town snapshot sunday" so people can search for it and find you! THE LINKING MECHANISM IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST. PLEASE LINK TO YOUR ENTRY TODAY, NOT YOUR MAIN PAGE! Also, please be sure to link back to me so people can go check out all the other people who are playing. That's part of the fun, the small-town-hopping!

This week some cool pictures I took have come up missing, mysteriously. It's like they never existed at all. Maybe it was a dream I had. In any case, below is my Plan B in which I illustrate how much more relaxed as I've become as a Mom over the last couple of years. What you are about to see would never have happened back when I was a mom with only one kid.

Although, I have to be honest and tell you this probably never would have happened had I been alone with the kids. My mom was with me and she was supposed to be watching the boys. We don't have the same method of watching children.

We went to our small town park when it had rained that day and the day before. There are two or three low spots in the park that turn into mud puddles when the ground is saturated. Julius was walking on the edge of one of these and ended up slipping. I looked up just in time to see his feet fly out from under him and he landed flat on his back in the mud. Oh, how I wished I had been faster with the camera.

Tristan then went in to to "help" and ended up falling in as well.





Across the small creek from the park is a pavillion with picnic tables and there was a couple having lunch there. By the look of horror on their faces I'm sure they thought we had completely lost our minds or perhaps just couldn't control the unruly mud-covered heathens. (Honestly, both of those are probably true.)

Finally we got them out of the puddle and walked to the car, Tristan complaining all the way about how wet he was. The couple stared at us all the way past. We got to the car and stripped the kids down to their underwear and we drove them back to the house mostly-nekkid where I insisted my mother deal with giving them a bath since it was her fault they were muddy anyway. That was pretty satisfying.

When you live in a small town you have to get your entertainment where you can find it. And if you've not tried dunking your kids in the mud, you should. It turns out to be entertaining and pretty darn liberating!

Sorry about the Linky fiasco. Apparently there are still some bugs getting worked out with the McLinky, so I'm going back to Mr. Linky til it stabilizes. Big apologies!!


23 comments:

  1. Ah, to be child again. Why walk around a mud puddle whan you can fall into it?

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  2. fantastic capture of true childhood bliss!

    have a great week!
    -Tracie

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  3. I'm sure it was messy, but it also looks fun! Alas, I live in the opposite of a small town! Well, not really alas, I do enjoy my big city, but it does mean I'll have to wait for a different photo sharing opportunity ;)

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  4. I think these are some great pictures. They look like they're having the time of their lives. As for the people that were gawking I wouldn't worry about it as it's summer and puddles are meant to be played in. Kids need to be kids. Hope all is well. Have a great day.

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  5. Playing in a muddy puddle is one of those things you MUST do as a child! Look at those smiles. Priceless!

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  6. Look at those smiles! These are GREAT photos, Wendy.

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  7. Mr. Linky isn't working. :(
    It keeps saying the list is closed, am I too late??

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  8. Boys in mud -- classic. Hope your car survived it, though!

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  9. Love the pictures - the boys look like they are having the BEST time!

    I also can't link though - apparently the list for STSS is closed :-(

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  10. Great pictures! Puddles call to kids, don't you know. :)

    Let me know when you get Mr Linky fixed, I'm late getting my STSS posted but it's ready when Mr Linky is.

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  11. Me too on the Mr Linky thing.

    Having your mother bathe them is just deserts. My MIL is frequently "guilty" of the same behavior.

    Great pictures. I bet they'll make you laugh for years.

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  12. Lovely pics. I still enjoy stomping through puddles so long my it continue for them.

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  13. I love the pictures ~ and was going to play along ~ but it said the list was closed?? So here is a link to my Small Town Sunday Post ~ and thanks for the inspiration !!

    http://cnssbu.blogspot.com/2009/07/small-town-snapshot-sunday.html

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  14. Sorry about the linking fiasco everyone. I went back to the old Linky so hopefully that will eliminate the problem. I'm going back to add to some of you in so you won't have to. Anyone else from here should be fine!

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  15. Playing in the mud sounds like fun to me. Maybe I'm entering my second childhood.

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  16. That reminds me of summer vacation one year when we visited cousins on their farm in Florida. All the cousins went out to the garden in the wee hours and made mud pies 'til dawn. We were covered in mud head to toe!

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  17. I'm nearly 30 and I still love jumping in a good-sized muddy puddle after a summer rain storm. I hope it's something I'll never outgrow. I love these pics!

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  18. Just something about kids and water. I was checking out your other blogs and some of the blogs you follow. Made for an interesting morning. You do keep busy. Thanks Joe Todd

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  19. Ok, so I linked again. I didn't realize that when it asked for my name it meant the name of the post. haha. I put my name. I wanted it to say "Oldy,but goody". It's an old post of mine, but totally fits in with the STSS posts. I had a busy week and didn't get a chance to take any photos, and I didn't want to miss out! Thanks!!!

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  20. Brings back memories of being a kid and playing in the muddy ditch in front of my grandparents' house in the country. After a rain, it became a magical place! I am also wondering how you find the time to read and write so many blogs! What's your secret? :)

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  21. Don't you just love little boys?

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  22. I got here via Joe Todd, and my thanks to both of you!

    Kids were never ever meant to be clean all the time. It's good for a child's soul to get good and dirty every now and then! :-)

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