Thursday, May 7, 2009

Why Picnics Are Great

I love that the weather is now warm enough to eat the bulk of our meals outside on the deck. I can think of several reasons why eating outside is ideal and am wondering how deep into the fall I'll be able to push it. Picnic in a parka anyone? Ok, so why is it so great?

Reason #1 - Nick and I don't have to have 5 mini heart attacks at each meal. When eating inside the boys like to push back from the table (thus tipping their chairs almost to the point of falling backwards, and we have a counter height table so it's a long drop!) and if we opt to not push them up to the table, they like to see how much they can get their chairs rocking. At this rate my dining set won't last us to their 3rd birthday!

Reason #2 - If they drop their cups and milk goes everywhere it's not a big deal. Same with the plate of spaghetti, or piece of chocolate cake.

Reason #3 - Clean up is a snap compared to inside. Deck extra dirty? Just hose it off! Table extra sticky? Just hose it off! Lots of crumbs? Let the squirrels eat them!

10 comments:

Jen said...

Amen, sista! Great pic!

Sarah said...

I love picnics too - I don't have to sweep or mop the floor!

RoseAnneH said...

Mmmm..Picnics outside are great - especially with no black flies! Nice picnic table - I hadn't seen that. I notice the Coaster is safe once again. The poor boys, they must be so bored. Safe, but bored.

RoseAnneH said...

Oh - and I love the squirrel! Nice touch.

Helen said...

Oh no, that picture was actually taken a few days ago - the Coaster is still facing downhill and the boys are having a ball on it!

Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom said...

Hmmmmm. Think we'll be having supper outside tonight! :-)

mpannek said...

I need to try that! We just got a picnic table a few weeks ago. I'm not sure that they will actually sit still long enough to eat, but you've inspired me to try!!!

Helen said...

Oh the boys definitely don't sit for the whole meal time. We've decided that's just not a battle we're willing to fight right now though, so as long as they stay on the deck and don't run with food in their mouths of forks in their hands we're good.

breckholladay said...

Hey, you have a squirrel ! That means that you don't need the pain and expense of a dog. No dog poo to clean up either. I say train the squirrel to clean up the dinning room in the Winter and still live in the tree.

The Wilcoxson's said...

That is awesome and I could not agree more. Also the wildlife is going to love you, they will not have to work so hard for their food.

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