Sunday has yet to arrive, and we have already had a great weekend. We picked the kids up early on Friday and went to the beach. Poor Josh was cutting his two top teeth. I think the water and the noise provided more stimulation than he could handle. He was content to play on the beach towel. On top of his discomfort, Ellie was a little confused on beach etiquette and dumped a bucket of sand on Josh and me instead of water. He was not amused, and she was perplexed by the reaction. Josh was not interested in even standing in the water, but seemed to enjoy watching everything from a distance. On the other hand, I was thrilled with Ellie’s enthusiasm for the lake. She didn’t mind being knocked over by the waves. In fact, the faster they came, the louder she squealed. Her and Sean went deeper than I would have probably ventured and came out laughing. I’ve always loved the water, so am excited that she likes it so much too.

Today, we went to a great park near our house. It has a huge wooden climbing apparatus and lots of swings. Josh and I played on the swings while Sean and Ellie climbed, found tunnels, and worked up a sweat. The park also has some trails through wooded areas. Ellie is intrigued by jungles and forests, so this was perfect for her. I see many of my own characteristics in Ellie, but here is a distinct difference. Ellie walks so slowly!!! She strolls, meanders, shuffles. Our walk through the forest lasted quite some time. Her and Sean seemed well-paced for each other. They enjoyed throwing rocks into the stream and picking up sticks. Josh and I pushed on ahead. He is still confined to a stroller and needs to keep moving. Regradless of the pace, both kids enjoyed the hike. We’re fortunate to have all this great, free, accessible entertainment so close. I was raised an outdoor kid; I hope Ellie and Josh continue to enjoy it as much as they do now. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.