Playing at the playground

So, Paula was busy painting Josh’s room (click more to see the color palette). Anyway, while Paula painted, I took the kids over the neighborhood school playground. We arrived at the little kids’ playground first since it’s on our side of the school. Ellie is 3 1/2 and Joshua is almost 2, yet they have this playground conquered…So, we headed to the other side of the school where the BIG kids’ playground is located. Joshua immediately climbed to the top of the tallest piece of equipment and slid down the twisty-slide with the biggest smile on his face. He’s pretty fearless. Ellie likes it all as well. Fun times. Joshua also climbed up one of these all by himself (note: the one at our playground is about 8 feet long and 4 feet high): Joshua also did the monkey bars and was able to hang using just one arm for about 5 seconds. Ellie thought that was the funniest thing to watch. I said something to Ellie about the boy she played with a few weeks ago and she said, “his name is Jamie.” She was right, but I didn’t remember it until she said it. I thought that was pretty impressive to remember playing with a boy for about 10 minutes. So, while we were gone, Paula worked on Joshua’s room. It should follow this theme with these primary colors (all of them, I believe):

The playground

So, yesterday we decided to walk to the ice cream shop. It is just over 3 blocks away and we walk by Ellie and Josh’s future elementary school along the way (it takes up two blocks — 1 1/2 if we cut the corner). We had our ice cream and decided to stop at the school on the way back. Josh and Ellie love playing on the playground. Ellie gravitated towards the big swirly slide. She went down on her own and a 6 year old boy followed her and sorta caught her at the bottom. He said something to Ellie and she turned around and said in a loud voice, “don’t say that to my face!”

Ellie then started climbing back up the slide as the boy followed and passed by her. He said a few mean things and she asked him how old he was. He said he was 6 and Ellie told him she was 3. He again said something mean (e.g., something like, “3 year olds are babies”). Ellie wasn’t phased…She then asked him what his name was and they exchanged names. Ellie made some more small talk and he continued to respond and got nicer and nicer. He went down the slide first and she followed. The slide is enclosed so you can’t see in, but you can see their shadows. He stopped about 1/2 way down and she crashed into him. They both laughed for a bit as they scooted slowly down the rest of the way. By the time they popped out the bottom they were like best friends. He ran over and proudly told his mom that he had made Ellie laugh. Ellie called him back over and told him he was a great friend. She chased him around the playground for a while longer. It was pretty neat to see her not back down and even defuse the situation.

So, yesterday we decided to walk to the ice cream shop. It is just over 3 blocks away and we walk by Ellie and Josh’s future elementary school along the way (it takes up two blocks — 1 1/2 if we cut the corner). We had our ice cream and decided to stop at the school on the way back. Josh and Ellie love playing on the playground. Ellie gravitated towards the big swirly slide. She went down on her own and a 6 year old boy followed her and sorta caught her at the bottom. He said something to Ellie and she turned around and said in a loud voice, “don’t say that to my face!”

Ellie then started climbing back up the slide as the boy followed and passed by her. He said a few mean things and she asked him how old he was. He said he was 6 and Ellie told him she was 3. He again said something mean (e.g., something like, “3 year olds are babies”). Ellie wasn’t phased…She then asked him what his name was and they exchanged names. Ellie made some more small talk and he continued to respond and got nicer and nicer. He went down the slide first and she followed. The slide is enclosed so you can’t see in, but you can see their shadows. He stopped about 1/2 way down and she crashed into him. They both laughed for a bit as they scooted slowly down the rest of the way. By the time they popped out the bottom they were like best friends. He ran over and proudly told his mom that he had made Ellie laugh. Ellie called him back over and told him he was a great friend. She chased him around the playground for a while longer. It was pretty neat to see her not back down and even defuse the situation.