Getting caught in the rain, and loving it

The rain is starting to dominate the week again but the boys are not ready to head back inside. The last couple of days have still been warm, but more than a little wet. Our Neighbors across the street had a flooded basement in their recently purchased house, ruining boxes of books. While none of that has effected us here we were able to get the For Rent sign into the front yard now that the ground has been properly saturated. We are still riding to and from Pre-school and with a couple of rainy rides I have found that I need a breathable rain jacket and to make sure I keep the trailer zipped up when we aren’t using it. One of the littler boys has to sit on the bike seat and gets a bit wet but rain jackets and me as a wind barrier makes it a tolerable ride. With the return of rain and our new effort to bike and stay active through all seasons I have a couple of things to do with the kids in the rain. Not out of the rain, but in the rain.

  • Sidewalk Chalk in a puddle – Yesterday’s picture showed what this looks like, and the kids have a lot of fun. It is messy and colorful and great time to be creative.
  • Puddle Jumping – Grab the rain boots and go out in search of puddles. This is infinitely more fun if you as the parent are splashing too. Kids love to splash but even more they love to do what daddy and mommy are doing. We can all do for some messy kid fun.
  • Building a fort – The outdoor fort is a little tougher than the blanket and pillow fort in the living room but just as fun. Plus if you can get in out of the rain there is a huge sense of accomplishment and pride for the kids. And by kids I mean me. We like to use old boxes and the lumber on the side of the house, plus we have a bamboo tree in our back yard that make nice support pieces.
  • Boat races – When I was a kid I loved floating sticks in streams wether a creek or the trail to the drain. I would pretend it was a race and put two sticks in to see which would win. Turns out I wasn’t alone in this love of boat racing as my boys love it too. We gamble on the winner to help teach the lessons we learned during March madnes.

Those are a couple of things we love doing in the rain, what do you like to do in the rain?

  9 comments for “Getting caught in the rain, and loving it

  1. 09/23/2010 at 12:27 pm

    Fun post. We like searching the yard for creatures that come out in the rain. Snails, etc. Kids love the fact that they’re so much bigger than these odd creatures.

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  2. carlos
    09/23/2010 at 2:05 pm

    A good rain jacket for riding ain’t cheap. You also may consider fenders. Just take it one small purchase at a time and it won’t feel like you’re dumping a bunch of money on your “inexpensive” transport alternative.

    Portlanddad Reply:

    I got fenders for the ride and those are great. I have jackets to use but they get so hot so quick. I’m in no hurry to get more gear but the more you ride the more you become aware of how great some things are and unnecessary others are.

  3. Jamie
    09/23/2010 at 3:38 pm

    I love that you have readapted to the Northwest so thoroughly. I truly believe that if the rain bothers you, you should not live in the Northwest. Dress appropriately and all things are possible.

    Portlanddad Reply:

    and by dress appropriately you mean rain boots and sweat pants right?

    Jamie Reply:

    Unless it’s warm and then it’s shorts and flip flops. You haven’t resorted to sandels and socks yet have you?

  4. 09/23/2010 at 9:31 pm

    Fun list. Lukas loves to stomp in puddles.
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  5. 09/24/2010 at 9:19 pm

    My kids seem to hate the rain. My little boy even tries to cover his head with his hands. Not sure if he gets that that doesn’t really works.
    http://sydanddensdad.blogspot.com/

  6. 09/25/2010 at 11:04 am

    I love the rain!
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