Spring is here - Time to Play!
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
Easter at Grandma's House
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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!
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
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:
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.
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
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