I told you so
Jason and I had this on going debate the whole month before Christmas. We knew the safety hazard swingset had to go. Besides awkwardly leaning at a 45 degree angle to the left, the missing boards and exposed nails were just one big lawsuit waiting to happen. I thought we should get a new swingset, for the obvious reasons...it's fun for all ages because not only can Maddox play on it but of course when they're 12 years old their friends will still be dying to come over and play on the monkey bars, right? Jason thought it was time we advanced to the trampoline stage of life but I had visions of Maddox and his fabulous hair getting bounced all over and hurt with the big kids, and emergency trips to the ER with broken bones. The kids sided with Jason so a trampoline it was. Sometimes Jason is right and this time I'll admit it. Not only do the kids love it, but the entire neighborhood loves it AND they even let Maddox jump with them too. Watching them out the window today just put a smile on my face. I have a lot to be grateful for and today the trampoline that I was so adamantly against just happens to be at the top of the list. I love living in a neighborhood with so many kids their age. I love that Kylie doesn't think she's too cool to let Jayden and his friends tag along. I love this gorgeous weather. I love that they stay outside from the minute they come home from school until the sun goes down. When they're not in the back yard jumping then I LOVE that all the kids in the cul-de-sac come out and play on the greenbelt. At any given time there will be around 15 kids out there riding scooters, playing football, chasing each other, making up dances and playing games (I tried to take a picture of them all out there one day, but I didn't want to emberass Kylie so instead I tried taking it from my upstairs window but I decided I looked like a creepy neighbor with my zoom lens peaking through the blinds snapping pictures of kids, so I decided against it). I've always imagined a neighborhood like this for my kids to grow up in. Grateful. Very Grateful.