We did different things with the different kids to help them feel more comfortable with moving to a new house. Grayson didn't need much convincing - Mommy and her chest was going to the new house, so so was he. Ainsley was excited about having a flat driveway to ride her bike on. Hannah was promised a butterfly garden. I'll go into more of the details later, but here are some pictures of our planting today.
Since immediate gratification is not always a bad plan, and can many times help kids appreciate what they are doing more, the girls each picked out some ready-to-plant flowers.
Ains planted her marigolds very carefully.
The picture would have turned out better if Grayson hadn't decided to attack the camera at that moment.
And trust me - there is a good explanation for every single thing in the background of that picture. The clothes hamper, for example, was the only blasted thing I could find in my house that helped me get up high enough to hang the hanging flower basket we bought.
In addition to the already blooming plants, we planted three varieties of wildflower seeds in a rainbow pattern. The first layer was a store-bought package, the second layer was from my husband's grandfather's property, the third layer was from a field near my sister-in-law's house.
Hannah is taking this job very seriously. She helps me dig (for at least forty seconds before she 'needs to take a break from all this hard work'), helps me scatter the seeds, and helps me cover them up with soil (for at least thirty seconds before she stops because 'I want to make sure you have a chance to do as much as you want to do, Mother').
I'll post more pictures of what we started with and our current set-up soon.