Going outside with the kids is one of my favorite activities. Not long ago I posted on how Eric figured out by himself how to get up the hill that is our front yard. (the downward dog walk) So, today, he was working on going down the hill. He’s figured out that if he just does a reverse “commando crawl” that works a lot better for going down the hill than the stand up, lose your balance and roll down method. He tires easily of any kind of hill climbing and ends up just studying leaves, acorns and rocks within reach of where he is sitting. When he got tired of sitting he just used the regular crawl to get to either me or Bob, grabbed our pants legs and waited for us to pick him up! Being carried when you are tired is the best way of all!
I’ve said it before, and I will say it again, I can’t imagine many things being better than to discover the world through the eyes of very small children. Bob and I took Norah and Eric for a ride in their wagon this morning. I absolutely love it when Norah says, “Do you hear that? The birds are chirping.” Or that the dogs are barking or asks if we see the cars and the big truck. She will point things out in the yards of neighbors. After we got back from our walk/ride we took our usual walk to the front yard where Norah loves to explore. Soon it was lunch time and as we began our journey toward the door, Norah and I stopped to look up at the trees and searched for the birds and squirrels that were hiding. It was so cool to watch her as she heard all the different bird sounds and she whispers, “Shh..what’s that? Did you hear that, Grandma?” I love watching her explore and discover.
Earlier this evening at “tea time” I offered the kids a snack. I was in the dining room with Eric in his high chair. I called to Norah, who was in the living room, and I asked her if she wanted a muffin. She called back to me, “No, I reading my book.” (she’s 2)
Today I taught the kids all about taking a crunchy leaf walk. We found some crunchy leaves and enjoyed the crunch and crackle as we walked on them.
Our front yard is a hill. It’s great in winter for sledding when we have snow. But, when you are brand new to walking and are just a few days short of your first birthday, that hill must seem like a mountain. Eric’s “I do it” spirit clearly was shining as he shook his hands free from mine, as I tried to offer assistance getting up the hill. He’d take a step or two, lose his balance, plop down and got back up again just to repeat the process. After a slight struggle, he finally figured out that a sort of walking “downward dog” worked pretty well to get up the hill by himself! (but grandma stayed close behind to prevent any sort of Jack/Jill effect of tumbling down the hill)
I like to switch our routine around once in a while. We’ve been going outside to have a snack at the kids’ outdoor picnic table and then they play with the outdoor toys, we walk around the yard and garden and then it is time for lunch and a nap. Today we changed it up a bit and they got to have their picnic snack on the floor of the living room while we did flannel board songs and stories. Then it was lunch and nap time. After naps we can go outside. It will be a little warmer by then–was just a little chilly this morning.
I love to see Norah participate in singing/reciting the songs/stories/poems. She puts the figures on the flannel board herself and tells me which ones she would like to hear–which is just fine. I love it. But, I also love to see Eric participate a bit more than when we first sat down with the flannel board. Now he likes to grab all the figures off the board, but he’s a lot more interested in sitting with us and I love that, too.
He claps his hands now too! I’ve been showing him how when we do “Pat a cake.” But just the other day he started to clap his hands on his own! He’s also walking now, too, did I tell you that? He started walking about 2 weeks ago and now he’s tried to run a couple of time but that doesn’t go so well and he either crawls or just walks.
And, speaking of nap time–love it when both kids are napping at the same time!
Norah to me: Grandma, look at me!
Me to Norah: Wow! That’s a good downward dog you are doing! (that is a Yoga stretch)
Norah, after lowering herself closer to the ground: Now I’m a cat.