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Spring is here - Time to Play!



 Naras Toes Ready To Go
The days are definitely getting longer and the weather is much nicer - not exactly warm, but a lot nicer than the cold short days of February.  We live close to two good playgrounds so there is not shortage of things to do on a weekend.  Nara is really growing into the near by climbing frame - she can now climb up the net (with some help and a good spotter) and she is comfortable going down the spiral slide all by herself.


Nara Climbing Up Cargo NetNara On Merry Go RoundNaras With Blue Flowers

Easter at Grandma's House

Marcus Looking Out Of The Stroller
Grandma kindly offered to host Easter this year. There are a lot of great things to do at the grandparents house starting with a walk over to the local playground.  The playground is a two stage playground - toys appropriate for really young children as well as toys with more challenge for older kids.  Swings are always a favorite.

Nara And Marcus On Swings With Grandparents
 
Marcus is a bit of a funny duck - some days he really doesn't like to have his photo taken, other days he asks for it.  Today he was having a great time running around and actually asked (or challenged) me to take his photo.  It's lots of fun chasing kids around a playground - focus is sometimes a challenge but the results can really pay off.

Marcus At Top Of SlideMarcus At Bottom Of SlideMarcus Crawling Through TubeMarcus On Swing

Grandma With The Boys
James turned one two months ago and he is trying really hard to keep up with the other kids.   The more junior area had a good slide for him and he seemed to quite enjoy the trip down.  Getting two brothers down at the same time turned out to be nearly impossible.

James Walking Up Stairs

Nara likes the swings.  Slides are nice and running around is good too, but she really enjoys swings.  She will often finish on one swing and ask to move to the swing adjacent - got to try them all!

 
Nara Swinging CloseSunny Blurry Nara Portait
 
Marcus Feeding Nara Strawberries
After a hard run around the playground it's time for snacks.  Nara knows her cousins well enough that she seems comfortable being fed.  I'm not sure how James feels about this.
 

Cordova Bay

Nara Beach Explorer
Timing the tides with kids activity time is always tricky but this Sunday we lucked out.  Cordova bay has a large sandy beach that gets much larger with the falling tide.  We went out for a run around.

Nara And Dad At BeachMarcus And Nara Grandma And John

  Nara Kicking Through Water
Nara really enjoyed walking in the waves with her boots.  Parenting tip - make sure you are comfortable going into the water at least as deep as your children are.  Nara had good boots on but I only had runners on.  When she was ankle deep in the water she was out of reach from me unless I was willing to get wet shoes.  I know for next time.

Nara Silhouetted By ReflectionNara Running Over Sand

Backyard Fun!

There are a lot of kid friendly attractions in Victoria (Beacon Hill Park comes to mind).  Sometimes the best attraction is the place that doesn't require a drive at all.  Just open the back door and let the kids play!
 
  Nara Running By The RockJames With ABlue HatMarcus Showing How To Do It
 
When your kid goes to day care you never really know what skills she has picked up.  I know the day care has lots of ride on toys (she seems to have that down) but pedal toys are new to her.  Marcus has a year on Nara and definitely knows a thing or two more about making the toys go.  Thankfully he was patient.

 AQuick Lesson In PedalsNara With APassengerNara Driving The Tractor

Tulip Town

Helen is quite pregnant and we are running out of time to leave the country before her insurance no longer covers her in the US.  We are staying with friends in Seattle and doing lots of shopping at the discount stores.  Besides the great food in Seattle, there are some fantastic consignment stores for kids stuff.  But I am getting ahead of myself - on the drive down we stopped in at Tulip Town to see the farm:

Nara And Dad With Mixed TulipsNara And Mom With Mixed TulipsHelen In Field Of Tulips

We did the tulip tour before in 2006 and it makes for quite a nice day.  When you are driving down to Seattle from Vancouver with a little girl in the car seat it makes for a good way to break up an otherwise long drive.  Seeing Nara in the tulips was actually quite a surprise - she is roughly eye level with the flowers.  You don't often think of these things with kids - their perspective is quite different from ours.

Nara In The Purple TulipsNara In The TulipsNara With Pink Tulips

  The farm is a working farm (I really wonder how much money they make on tourists versus selling bulbs) so there are lots of good photo oporunities.  Of course having a wet (fell in a puddle) kid running around, you don't spend a lot of time exploring for good photos.  Maybe in a few more years Nara will have her own camera.
 
Water Between The Rows Soft Pink Tulips In Box



Nara Beach Explorer
Person: Nara
Marcus Crawling Through Tube
Person: Marcus
Tags: McMinn Park, playground
Soft Pink Tulips In Box
James Walking Up Stairs
Person: James
Tags: playground
Nara Silhouetted By Reflection
Person: Nara
Tags: beach, Cordova Bay
Marcus At Top Of Slide
Person: Marcus
Tags: playground, slide
Water Between The Rows
Marcus Showing How To Do It
Person: Marcus
Nara And Dad With Mixed Tulips
Grandma With The Boys
Person: James
Marcus Looking Out Of The Stroller
Naras Toes Ready To Go
Nara With Pink Tulips
Sunny Blurry Nara Portait
Person: Nara
Nara In The Tulips
Nara On Merry Go Round
Person: Nara
Tags: playground
Nara Driving The Tractor
Person: Nara
Marcus On Swing
Person: Marcus
Tags: swing
Naras With Blue Flowers
Person: Nara
Marcus At Bottom Of Slide
Person: Marcus
Tags: slide
Nara Climbing Up Cargo Net
Person: Nara
Tags: climbing, playground, underneath
Nara And Mom With Mixed Tulips
Marcus Feeding Nara Strawberries
Nara In The Purple Tulips
Marcus And Nara Grandma And John
Nara And Dad At Beach
Nara Swinging Close
Person: Nara
James With ABlue Hat
Person: James
Nara Running Over Sand
Person: Nara
Tags: beach, Cordova Bay, sand
AQuick Lesson In Pedals
Person: Nara, Marcus
Nara And Marcus On Swings With Grandparents
Tags: McMinn Park, swing
Nara Kicking Through Water
Person: Nara
Nara With APassenger
Person: Nara, Marcus
Nara Running By The Rock
Person: Nara
Helen In Field Of Tulips
Person: Helen
Tags: playground(5), slide(2), McMinn Park(2), swing(2), Cordova Bay(2), beach(2)
People: Nara(13), Marcus(7), James(3), Helen(1)
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