I love how the simplest household object can take on a whole new life and purposes in the eyes of a child. Yesterday while vacuuming I folded up the laundry rack and moved it into the living room to get it out of my way. Lewis immediately started playing with it, and figured out how to pop off one of the bars which he thought was GREAT. When I finished vacuuming I showed him how the rack folds and unfolds, and once it was lying on it’s side opened up he began climbing over and through it like some kind of jungle gym or obstacle course. Fun!
This has been a very quick week for us! We were in Vermont for Easter from Saturday through Tuesday, and all but one of these photos is from that visit. (I suppose I could have done a separate “Easter In VT” post but I never got around to it and don’t seem to have taken many more photos in the few days we’ve been home anyway.) The visit was lovely. All of my siblings were able to be there and we had a wonderful crowded house full of family and candy and yummy food. Lewis loved seeing Grandma, Grandpa, and all the aunts and uncles as well as spending hours playing out in the yard. He was quite wiped out by the time we came home since his sleep schedule was a bit off while we were there. I think he is shifting back towards normal now but he also may be teething which never does any good for his sleep. The warm-ish weather has continued and we are enjoying lots of walks and playing outside, with the best activities being digging in the dirt and hunting for ants and dandelions.
Happy Easter! We are headed out tomorrow for another lovely long weekend in Vermont with my family, and this time will be extra fun/crazy because all my siblings are able to be there too! Lewis is going to love seeing all those aunties and uncles and being the center of attention with so many people to entertain him. (I’m going to love it too as it means I will actually get some chances to sit and put my feet up while he runs off to chase cats with someone who isn’t me.) I’m a bit late posting today, mostly due to an interrupted nap time and a busy day of packing and going to the playground (which is where most of these photos were taken.) Schools around here have been on vacation this week so Lewis and I checked out the playground at the elementary school and have played there twice this week. He was a bit overwhelmed by the newness the first time, but today had a lot of fun exploring and climbing everything.
We have been having some beautiful almost summery weather this past week. Some might be disappointed that we seem to have skipped spring, but I am loving this! I’m also fairly sure that things aren’t going to stay this warm and we will have some cooler more springy weather again before getting into true summer temps. Anyway, we took full advantage of the temps this weekend by spending as much time as possible outside.
Saturday we went to the park and spent a good long time playing outside. Lewis discovered the amazing dirt on the baseball field area and ran all around digging his fingers in and proclaiming his new word “dirt! dirt! dirt!” He also got a bit braver playing on the playground area, climbed up a climby thing mostly by himself, went down the slide a bit, and actually requested to play on the swing! Whee!
Driving home from the park we passed by Felthousen’s Greenhouse and I noticed they had balloons out and a sign saying “Sun. 10-2, Easter bunny, live chicks, refreshments.” I mentioned it to Chris and then quickly forgot about it.
I’ve never intended to take Lewis to get his photo with the Easter bunny or Santa or anything similar. The mall areas always sound so chaotic and stressful, and the same goes for organized Easter egg hunts. I never did any of that as a child, so it isn’t on my radar as a traditional activity that we need to do each year.
But then Sunday morning rolled around with more beautiful sunny weather. We started talking about going out for a walk and as I told Chris about he Easter bunny decorations that Lewis has been enjoying seeing on people’s houses, I was reminded that we could go and see an actual Easter bunny with the bonus of cute little chicks and pretty flowers!
When we got there the bunny was standing outside so we got to say hi to him(?) right away. Lewis was a bit nervous and not sure what to think but he went over and gave him a high-five before we went inside.
It was fairly quiet when we first got there and we were able to wander around and explore without it feeling crowded or running into a lot of people. We were also given a balloon and a flower, which Lewis carried around for a while.
There was a fountain with some fake ducks which Lewis thought was really great.
And the chickies! So cute and fluffy.
More people and families started arriving and the bunny came inside. This time Lewis was very excited when he saw him and went running over to say hi!
He looked a little unsure when the bunny picked him up, but decided it was ok and we got to take a few pictures while he checked out the bunny’s big bow and soft fur.
At this point many more people had showed up and it was starting to feel a bit crowded in the greenhouse so we headed out to go back home. I’m so glad we decided to go over to this. It was such a perfect low-key little family event, just right for our shy but curious little Lewis.
Hello and happy Friday once again! We are having the most beautiful weather this week, it just keeps getting warmer, flowers are popping up, and today we spotted a hint of green grass! Lewis and I have been going for lovely long walks every morning and spending lots of time out playing every afternoon. I haven’t bothered carrying the camera around with me though, so these photos are all indoors. I also may have been slacking a bit on the cleaning this week, dishes especially, but I can’t see all that when I am outside enjoying the warm temperatures. 😉 More warm weather predicted for this weekend and we are planning another fun park trip with Daddy.
The weather is just getting more and more lovely and springlike, and we are so excited! Today was sunny and almost 60 out, and we took advantage of that by going to the park. Obviously a lot of other people had the same idea as it was a bit busy there, but we still had fun.
Poor Lewis is a bit deprived and this is actually only the second time we’ve gone to the park to play with him. There are lovely outdoor areas at our apartments and lots of nice things within walking distance but unfortunately a park is not one of those things. This means that our only chance to go is on the weekends when Daddy can drive us. (Although there is a park near the museum we visited earlier this week, so I think we will plan more adventures on the bus to go there this summer!)
When we first got there Lewis was a bit overwhelmed. We started off with the swings but he did not want to ride on one. (Not really a surprise. He didn’t like swings any of the times that we tried them last summer either.) We wandered around and checked out all the different parts of the playground, but he didn’t really engage with any of it. When he did start playing on something he would freeze up whenever any other kids came anywhere nearby. Eventually he discovered a storm drain nearby, and we thought maybe this was going to be his favorite part of the playground.
After we wandered around some we went back to the swings and Chris sat on one. Lewis’ face lit up seeing Daddy playing, so I handed him into his lap and sat on a swing myself. Lewis thought it was the greatest thing seeing me swing and riding on the swing with Daddy! Next he tried the tire swing on Daddy’s lap. (Had to be Daddy. He refused to let me sit on it.)
Part of the playground is set up to look like a train, and Lewis decided he wanted to play on the engine. (He has a word for engine, but not one I can translate into writing.) At first he wanted a lot of help going up the steps at one end and trying the slide at the other, but then Chris started coaching him on doing it himself.
He got better at the slide very quickly, and was going down like a pro in no time, although he still needed a little help getting into proper sitting position at the top. He ended up going down backwards a couple of times because he couldn’t figure out how to sit.
We had fun on the slide for a while but then a couple of other boys came over and Lewis froze up again. It was just about time to head home anyway, so we went for one more ride on the tire swing and then got in the car.
We weren’t really expecting him to be so shy and nervous, but we ended up having a good time anyway. Hopefully with more park trips throughout the summer he will get more confident both with playing on the equipment and with having other kids playing around him.
Happy Friday everyone! Bonus post and lots of photos today since I had to blog about our trip to the museum but of course also have to do the usual Photo Friday post to show you how cute Lewis is and what we’ve been up to this week! (Mostly spending our time outside.)