Z loves being outdoors and would stay out all day long if we let him. He loves his swing set, playing ball, riding bikes and his latest love is GARDENING :) Unfortunately his mom has a bit of a brown thumb (gets this from her mom) and so I have been trying really hard to improve my gardening skills for Z's sake ;)
This past weekend at the garden center, Z ran toward the marigolds and shouted "flowers". There were hundreds of flowers to choose from but he decided the marigolds, way in the back, were for him. I couldn't help but smile and ran to catch up with him. As he tried to pry the marigolds from their large flats, I explained that marigolds were what Noni planted in her flower garden every year :) He smiled and continued trying to free the flowers so he could put them in his wagon. I asked him if he wanted to plant a special "Noni Garden" around the mailbox and he said, "YES!" So that is exactly what we did.
We also had dirt delivered that day to help with our front landscape (S ripped 5-6 dying plants out of our landscape). There is nothing more fantastic to a little boy than a pile of dirt! What fun Z had digging, climbing, driving his trucks and raking the dirt about. When he wasn't in the dirt he was watering everything and anything he could :)
My little gardener now has his own garden gloves (for planting and weeding), a larger watering can (so we don't have to fill it up as often), a new hose attachment for "watering the grass", seeds growing inside and plans for a carrot garden that he is going to plant with S (just like Curious George). So now when we go outside, he runs right by his bucket of balls and runs straight for his garden tools. It is too cute ;)