Several forest fires have filled our Applegate Valley with enough smoke that the kids and I decided to take that vacation to the grandparents' a week early. And you better believe we won't return until it's safe for everyone to play outside again! Hazardous air quality is worse than a cold winter day, because you can't bundle them up and send them outside for at least 30 minutes of fresh air (and mother's sanity).
So we're here. Hanging out in what we call the Secret Garden. With high ivy-covered walls surrounding the yard and beautiful fauna and flora, we feel like we have access to something secret and beautiful.
We're enjoying our unexpected stay, playing with the critters...
And practicing our ever strengthening swimming skills.
Oh wait. That's what we do in between swim times ;). Let's try again. And...swimming!
Whaaat?! Silly fish. Not you! The kids!
So while we pray for the fires to end and the fire fighters to be safe and for Papa to come visit (because we all miss him a lot), we are making the most of it.