We’re busily soaking up the final days of summer vacation around here. In fact, we’re actually getting back into our classrooms and the kids are getting reacquainted with their daycare buddies!
While she’s not walking yet, give her something like a lawnmower, push toy, or swivel chair on Daddy’s tiled classroom floor, and she’s off like a shot! A little late, but still my best shot today!
We’re soaking up the final days of summer vacation around here. The weather has finally felt like summer, and again, I’m thankful for how cool it’s been the majority of the time. To beat the heat we’ve been enjoying splashing around in the kiddie pool, a few trips through the sprinkler and general frivolity in the backyard.
Here’s a bunch of pictures from a recent slide-climbing trip Seneca enjoyed…I’ve been pretty enamored with her big girl tennis shoes, and I think she can tell because she gets such a proud little expression whenever I put them on her.
I love the chubbiness of her little thighs here…
…and her complete and utter excitement. I think this has to be my best shot for today!
To My Sweet, Sweet Girl ~
I spent a few minutes (OK, several minutes) looking back through pictures from this past year and watching with amazement at the ways in which you’ve grown and changed and blossomed into an adorable little toddler. You are quickly exploring the world around you, interacting with your big brother, and learning every single day. I love your tricky side as you offer to share your Cheerios and then take them back at the last moment, a huge grin making your cheeks even fuller, rounder. Or when you quicken your pace when you hear me coming behind you as you climb the stairs, the chair, the couch – whatever you can conquer.
On the one hand, I want to suspend time so I can keep you snuggled in my arms forever, feel the soft squish of your chubby arms, watch your slow smirks stretch across your face making your eyes sparkle. And yet….I see you thinking, learning, watching and responding to the world around you, and I anxiously await your first words, and the conversations that I know will make me laugh and cry. I’m amazed by the tenacity you already display. You are courageous and strong, you are funny and silly, you let nothing stand in your way. You offer glimpses of the young lady you’ll become, sharing a sly side of you that I’m sure will keep me on my toes in about ten years.
Baby Girl, you are the light of my life and I hope you always know how much I love you. I am so very blessed to be your Mommy and share in celebrating the person you will become. Thank you for reminding me of the joy that comes both in giving and receiving unconditional love. Happy Birthday!
Our first zoo tripthis summer has become the beginning of what I’m sure will be several. I foresee many zoo memberships and at least bi-weekly trips in the coming summers. Garth and I often joke about the poor individual who screens our little man for kindergarten. Sure, we know that as his parents we are completely biased and think he’s beyond genius, but still, when marmots and komodo dragons are among the animals he names on a whim…I think the whole entry into formal education will be really interesting! 🙂
During a routine grocery trip, I found a little flyer advertising a very reduced entry fee for the John Ball Zoo, so I made the mental note to make the trip. The plans were set, we headed out with our packed lunch, even Grandma came along for the day. When we rounded the corner and saw the insanity that was the line to park, as well as the admission line, I realized the grievous mistake of planning a trip on Kids Day!
While we could scarcely maneuver through the crowds we did manage to see several exhibits – the penguins were among his favorite seeing that he’d recently been on a Happy Feet kick. In the past couple of months since our visit one of the preferred post-dinner activities involves running to various corners of the house looking at the “animals.” I absolutely adore the imagination he has, and the blossoming little personality of Miss Seneca. I suppose it’s better late than never, so here are a few shots from our day at the zoo…