I decided to make a list of all of the grand accomplishments my sons had in the first week we were here. There was no feeling sorry for themselves because they missed their toys, and there was definitely no talk of their dear beloved dog once we got here (sorry Coop). In fact, I've been amazed at what they accomplished so quickly. So here is a list of the top six things they conquered before I even had the chance to shake my jetlag.
#1. Make the best of what they had. Miles wanted cars everywhere we went, and there weren't always cars available. On our first day here one of the innovative volunteers drew Miles a car, cut it out, and gave it to him....and he was totally sold. Our lives have been filled with paper-made cars, cardboard ramps, and empty kitchen boxes since.
#2. Make common activities as dangerous as possible.
#3. Climb things that I never dreamed possible. When we first got here I saw this GIANT slide and thought "well that's too bad, they won't be able to go down that for a few years". Mostly because the only way up was this complicated and tricky robe thing. Same thing with the rope ladder below. I couldn't have been more wrong. Not only was Miles climbing up both by the end of the week, but his little brother was very close behind. Now they're both ol' pros.
#4. Kicking those "baby" swings to the curb. Mostly since they no longer exist in our world.
#5. Wooing the ladies. These two boys have somehow convinced the female volunteers (and even some of the male) to answer to their every request. They are powerless to the charm these two boys shamelessly exude.
#6. FINDING EVERY. SINGLE. PUDDLE. in Ballycastle.