Laundry Rack, Repurposed

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!

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“I think I’m stuck.”

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“Should I go over or under this one?”

"I can squeeze under here, no problem!"

“I can squeeze under here, no problem!”

"It's fun turned up on this side too!"

“It’s fun turned up on this side too!”

"Peek-a-boo Mama, I can almost see you over the top!"

“Peek-a-boo Mama, I can almost see you over the top!”

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Photo Friday

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.

As soon as he found his Easter basket that he Easter bunny had hidden he started unloading all the presents onto the floor without even looking at them, and requested some of the chocolate be opened for him.

As soon as he found his Easter basket that he Easter bunny had hidden he started unloading all the presents onto the floor without even looking at them, and requested some of the chocolate be opened for him.

First-ever taste of a marshmallow Peep. He had a few nibbles but wasn't impressed and fed most of it to me. He'd much rather have some chocolate.

First-ever taste of a marshmallow Peep. He had a few nibbles but wasn’t impressed and fed most of it to me. He’d much rather have some chocolate.

I used to ride in that wheelbarrow when I was a kid!

I used to ride in that wheelbarrow when I was a kid!

Lovely sunny weather.

Lovely sunny weather.

"Cool rake Grandpa! Can I help?"

“Cool rake Grandpa! Can I help?”

Uh-oh! Sand everywhere. Bath time followed as soon as we got home from the playground.

Uh-oh! Sand everywhere. Bath time followed as soon as we got home from the playground.

Jumbo-chalk drawing.

Jumbo-chalk drawing.

A bit of painting this morning.

A bit of painting this morning.

Photo Friday

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.

Everything is a hat.

Everything is a hat.

We got some surprise snow earlier this week. Lewis was thrilled to go outside and snack on it.

We got some surprise snow earlier this week. Lewis was thrilled to go outside and snack on it.

New skill: climbing in and out of the stroller himself. I am no longer allowed to help him get in our out.

New skill: climbing in and out of the stroller himself. I am no longer allowed to help him get in our out.

Wobbly things. Much too big for a Lewis to climb on, but fun to play with anyway.

Wobbly things. Much too big for a Lewis to climb on, but fun to play with anyway.

Peek-a-boo.

Peek-a-boo.

Hi Lewis!

Hi Lewis!

Crossing the big bridge, way up high in the air.

Crossing the big bridge, way up high in the air.

Me: "Time to go home now." Lewis: "Dirt!!"

Me: “Time to go home now.” Lewis: “Dirt!!”

 

Easter Bunny

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!

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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.

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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.

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There was a fountain with some fake ducks which Lewis thought was really great.

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And the chickies! So cute and fluffy.

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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!

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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.

IMG_4124Before we left we visited the chicks again. Lewis petted them a little but didn’t want to try to hold them.

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.

 

Photo Friday

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.

Squishy purple sensory bag.

Squishy purple sensory bag.

Lewis has a new bathroom stool and homemade faucet extender - he loves that he can play in the sink now if only he can get someone to turn on the water.

Lewis has a new bathroom stool and homemade faucet extender – he loves that he can play in the sink now if only he can get someone to turn on the water.

Easter bunny window clings. Not just for windows.

Easter bunny window clings. Not just for windows.

Pants optional.

Pants optional.

Lewis is as excited as I am about my new carpet sweeper!

Lewis is as excited as I am about my new carpet sweeper!

My little baking "helper." We made muffins and he got his own bowl to mix up a messy concoction of ingredients.

My little baking “helper.” We made muffins and he got his own bowl to mix up a messy concoction of ingredients.

Got his little bike out of the closet and he has learned how to scoot around backwards on it. He is determined to reach the pedals but his legs are just not long enough. We'll be going shopping this weekend to get him something more his size.

Got his little bike out of the closet and he has learned how to scoot around backwards on it. He is determined to reach the pedals but his legs are just not long enough. We’ll be going shopping this weekend to get him something more his size.

Having a snack and keeping busy while Mommy makes dinner. See that mess?  Perfect opportunity to test the carpet sweeper!

Having a snack and keeping busy while Mommy makes dinner. See that mess? Perfect opportunity to test the carpet sweeper!

Playing At The Park

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!)

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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.)

Too much sun for everyone's eyes.

Too much sun for everyone’s eyes.

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.

"You want me to let go??"

“You want me to let go??”

Whoops! "Hey, that was kind of fun! I think I'd like to try again."

Whoops! “Hey, that was kind of fun! I think I’d like to try again.”

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.

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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.

 

Photo Friday

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.)

Last Saturday - the weather was so warm Daddy was happy without a jacket! Lewis says "That skateboard is cool Dada but I'm going to go over here in the mud and look for poop."

Last Saturday – the weather was so warm Daddy was happy without a jacket! Lewis says “That skateboard is cool Dada but I’m going to go over here in the mud and look for poop.”

Mama's turn to play with the skateboard. How do I ride this thing again??

Mama’s turn to play with the skateboard. How do I ride this thing again??

Lewis trying out Daddy's new RipStik.

Lewis trying out Daddy’s new RipStik.

He first tried to wear five hats piled on his head, but when they fell off he settled for these two (neither is his and both are huge on him.) "Are you sure I can't dig in these pots mom?"

He first tried to wear five hats piled on his head, but when they fell off he settled for these two (neither is his and both are huge on him.) “Are you sure I can’t dig in these pots mom?”

"How do people climb up these things without a hand to hold onto?"

“How do people climb up these things without a hand to hold onto?”

The proper reaction to seeing the wonders of a museum for the first time.

The proper reaction to seeing the wonders of a museum for the first time.

"Why are all the displays up above my head?"

“Why are all the displays up above my head?”

He couldn't stop looking all around the bus. He hardly sat still because he was so busy swiveling around trying to see everything and take it all in!

He couldn’t stop looking all around the bus. He hardly sat still because he was so busy swiveling around trying to see everything and take it all in!