Whew! I sure did pack this month with activities. On Mondays, I take Kate to The Little Gym. She loves it and comes home sweaty and tired (and I have to keep up with her, so it gives me a work out, too)! The balance beam is her favorite, next to anything she can climb over or jump off of. With all of the fun things to do in the room, it's difficult to keep her with the group during the warm-up. On Wednesdays, Kate has swim lessons, which I've written about already. They're pretty exhausting too. Thursdays are Kate's day to go to Mother's Day Out at church. They play in the sprinklers and have a fun time with a short nap. I usually have errands or housework to do, so it's typically not a relaxing day for me either.
Tuesdays and Fridays are our free days. Tuesday, we went to the Children's Museum in Oak Ridge. I had never been before, but Kate had been with Nana and Grandfather while we were in Hawaii. It was a lot of fun and her favorite thing was the "Dollhouse". This is a kid-size house, two-stories, with a kitchen and a living room (complete with front door and doorbell) and two rooms upstairs. Kate attached herself to a family with three kids (one her age) and we had to tag along with them for the rest of our tour. After exploring the museum, James met us for a picnic lunch at the picnic tables outside. Kate had to play on the playground and we were sufficiently hot and tired when we left.
So, Friday I decided to take it easy so we could both recuperate. It was a lazy rainy morning and we watched a little TV had several snacks (see below), colored with markers, played with the US puzzle (see also below), ate some lunch, played pretend nap on the floor (Kate likes to do this with a pillowcase used to cover her mat at school) and napped. It was a nice relaxing morning and I thoroughly enjoyed doing "nothing" with my daughter. After naptime, Kate wanted to play outside but it was pretty hot, so we broke out the pool and she had fun filling it with water and just playing around. To top off the day, I got to spend some time with my girlfriends over dinner and coffee. What a great day!
Here are some pictures I took yesterday, primarily for Grandpa's enjoyment.
James bought Kate this puzzle of the United States a few weeks ago. We both had these growing up and he found a cheap one and picked it up. It is now Kate's favorite thing to do (besides watch Blue's Clues). We usually work this puzzle 2-3 times before nap and another 2-3 times before bedtime. She's gotten to where she knows where many of the pieces go and can even pick out certain ones from the pile - like if I say "Can you find Michigan?" she picks it out of the pieces and puts it in its place. I know Grandpa will be proud!
These next pictures are of one of our snack times. I feel like I should explain. When we went to Louisiana in April, James's uncle gave us some pickled okra when we left his house. Neither of us have ever had it, and although I love okra, it doesn't sound like it would be great pickled. Gotta love those deep southerners. Anyway, we couldn't refuse and brought some home. Well, Kate saw the jar in the pantry yesterday and was begging for pickles, so I thought "Why not? This should be fun!". She ate two pieces. I don't know if it was so much that she liked it or that she was getting a kick out of entertaining me, because I was laughing pretty hard at the faces she was making. They were SOUR! She dropped a piece on the floor and Mattie wouldn't even eat it. I didn't think you'd believe me, so I included the jar in the pictures. Again, I know Grandpa will be proud.
What a nut. I really had a fun day.