Five year old Andrew lags behind, pulling the ice chest full of cool drinks. It was a hot day, and we would need lots of water!
Once we got to our assigned plot and the kids got a good look at it, they started in with the complaints -- just as I thought they might. "We have to weed all of THAT? That's going to take FOREVER!"
But dad wasn't going to hear any complaining.
"If we all work together, this will be done in no time. Everyone grab a tool and get started."
Aislynn picked up a hoe and started right in.
Andrew got busy!
A.J. got right to work!
And Alex did as well.
Even Avery got to work, which surprised me. I thought she would just stand around watching everyone else work. She tends to have a bit of a "Princess" mentality when it comes to any kind of hard labor. And at first she was reluctant.
But it didn't take long before she was actually enjoying it! In fact, all the kids were!
Well, all except Aria...who took one look at all the work to be done and said, "This is not fun! Can we leave now?!"
Just look at that face. This was a girl who would much rather be at the pool.
You want me to do WHAT? Pull weeds? I don't think so!
Of course Rich was a hard worker. He always is.
What's the saying? Many hands make for light work? Something like that. In our case, it's definitely true!
We decided that the best way for Aria to be of help was to pick up all the stuff that we pull up and toss it into the waste bucket. So we put some gloves on her and told her to get to work!
And that's exactly what she did.
I won't say that she was all that happy about it, but she did take pride in her work. She picked everything up that we pulled, and when she was finished not one weed was left. She turned out to be a hard worker after all.
She took time out to strike a pose for me, showing off her gardening outfit: sunglasses, a bathing suit, a skirt and boots.
Shoveling the manure was big hit with the kids. Everyone wanted a turn!
Alex shows his little brother how it's done!
A.J. takes a turn
When she thought I wasn't looking, I caught Aria "playing" in the dirt when she should have been picking up the weeds....
and I just let her to it. After all, a three-year-old has gotta have some fun, right?
Finally, after only an hour's work, our garden plot was free of all the weeds! Whew!! That was some job!
The next time we come back it will be to build a few planting boxes and to plant some seeds in the ground.
Mommy is so proud of all her little gardeners.
And I think they are kind of proud of themselves, too!
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