You’d think a trip to the beach and hiking in the woods would have been enough for one day, but we just couldn’t get enough of the sunshine here in Seattle last Sunday. So after Ellie’s nap I herded the kids into the backyard. I could tell Zoey was feeling a bit overstimulated from all the activity that day, as she kept asking for hugs and wanting to crawl into my lap for snuggles. It was an astonishing seventy degrees outside by then, so I hosed off and set up the kids’ water table for it’s first use of the year. Zoey has always found water to be calming, soothing, mesmerizing, and I was hoping that swirling her hands and toys around in it for awhile would chill her brain out a bit. It worked like a charm.