one of the things i’ve always been impressed with when it comes to seeing my husband as a papa, is the way he’s always encouraging our kids to pause and explore… or wear that knight in shining armour costume outside… or splash in that puddle… from a very early age! basically, he’s just down with letting them be kids! which ironically enough, can sometimes be hard to do as a parent. i don’t think i would have necessarily embraced that sort of idea of parenting as readily if it weren’t for witnessing how successful that approach could be in the moment for both them and us. i mean, obviously there are times you don’t want them to splash in the puddle and get soaked for the day, but if time allows, or you know you’re on the way home, what’s a bit of water really going to hurt? those moments where you just let them jump up and down in the puddle they so desperately want to jump up and down in, can be magical.
last summer, our family biked to a playground together inside riverside park, and all of the sudden, this crazy rain storm just came out of nowhere! we decided to embrace it and bike home in the rain, especially since it was warm rain which felt amazing on a hot summer day, and we didn’t live too far away. the kids were living for it! we sang some songs as we biked along the bike path and by the time we arrived on our block, we all looked like we’d just stepped out of the shower, we were so wet! i hold onto that fun experience as one of my favorite family memories! (you can see a pic from that rainy bike ride here!)
conrad is a lover of puddle splashing so earlier this week, we once again embraced the rain and went outside to splash in a few puddles together before we grabbed some hot chocolate and headed home to dry off. and since we’ve partnered with joules this month, the rain made me extra excited to have a good excuse to break out our new rain gear and give it a good test outdoors. the brand just speaks to my heart since their collection is full of such fun patterns and bright colors for the entire family.
josh was a really good sport and snuck the camera out under his own umbrella to snap some photos of C and me. i don’t think i’m as brave as he is, because the rain started coming down so hard at one point and i don’t know how he could see anything through that lens!
i’m wearing joules’ go lightly waterproof jacket here. it comes in ten different prints, which made choosing just one so hard for me! i loved so many of them.
i paired the jacket with the riviera short sleeve jersey dress (not maternity but it works with a baby bump, too!), with the hesford chinos and the wellibob short rain boots. can’t get enough of the cute floral print on the rain boots, either!
at one point, conrad handed me his umbrella and was all, “i don’t need this anymore. i have a hood! see?!” and happily continued to just play in the rain sans umbrella. whenever he’d notice i was still trying to help shelter some of the rain by putting his umbrella over his head, he’d be like, “no no, that’s okay! i have a hood, mama!”
his cute waterproof rain coat with the sharks can be found here.
here’s to more warm rain storms that we embrace! it’s something i think i’ll always have to work at, because they can feel hard to love sometimes. but how can you not smile when you see your little 3 year old beaming as he brings out his bath toys and jumps as high as he can into the biggest puddle on the corner?! it was a fun morning. and we loved it.
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you can shop all their pretty rain coats here.
me: go lightly waterproof jacket with the riviera short sleeve jersey dress and the hesford chinos. my rainboots are the wellibob short rain boots.
conrad: waterproof rain jacket with sharks, jersey sweatpants and striped rain boots.