Backyard BBQ & Water Play

Yesterday we had a little BBQ in our garden and the kids had some water play.  I first gave them a frozen apple juice pop – and couldn’t miss taking a photo of them as they shared it… they had no idea I was taking their photo here!  

When I did some grocery shopping, I picked up one of those small, portable disposable BBQs.  We’ve never personally used it, but it was so easy.  My idea was to take it down to the beach, but high tide was at 6 pm, so logistically it would not be a good idea.  We agreed, we’ll do it again at the beach soon, but when the tide was low, so there is more soft sand on the beach, etc.
The BBQ box was so easy – simple open, light and when the coals are gray you can put the food on.  We picked up meat on a stick and salmon/shrimp skewers.. super easy to eat & yummy!


While this was so easy, I MUST get a proper BBQ asap – I really miss cooking meals on the grill and while convenient when at the beach for camping, not ideal for a big dinner.
The kids love playing in the backyard – especially with the mole hills which have popped up all over the garden these past weeks.  Add a little water & it’s a mud festival.   Soren made a valley in a pile and had the idea to add the water from the hose.  But then he thought he needed a bridge, so he found a small green bit from the golf course, which was found in the garden near the summer house, so it was perfect.  He was so proud of his creation! Then the hose added an extra bit of fun.  Of course,  what 3 & 5 year old could resist stepping in the mud & then spraying each other.









When there is a hose, there is no doubt wet children.  Ten minutes of fun watering the palm tree…















until Soren really got Maebh in her face – then it was payback time where Maebh could equally soak Soren (with a little help from Nils).  Then two, wet crying muddy children.


The crying lasted a brief few minutes, up into the bath to clear off the mud & then we ate dinner!  What a mess, glad I put them in old clothes which I didn’t mind getting muddy!

Author: Stars Stripes and Mayonnaise

I am an American currently living in the Netherlands. I enjoy snapping photos and blogging along the way about our family’s journey as we moved from USA to the UK for a couple years then onto Ireland for three & half years and now in our next adventure in the Netherlands where the kids and are are learning Dutch. As you can probably tell by the name of the blog “Stars, Stripes & Mayonnaise” our family is half American & half Dutch and if you know one thing about the Dutch is that they LOVE their mayonnaise! I seen ’em do it man, they fuckin‘ drown ’em in it. When I started this blog way when it was to capturing memories of our family – essentially a journal of our family adventures, their love of mayonnaise, my love of photography, D.I.Y., crafting, sea glass hunting and exploring with our two amazing kids.

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