We went to the park today as a family. The sun was not out, but that is probably what kept it nice and cool during the middle of the day.
It was hard getting her to eat the lunch we packed because she was very ready to 'pay' (play in Avery language). Once she finally escaped the picnic table, she enjoyed exploring the fun, new playground equipment that Kenny and I both wished had been around when we were kids. She started on the bouncy space rocket 'thing' (for lack of a better word) then traveled to the swing, then to the musical section (the chime stick doubled as a telephone for a little while). After she conducted her symphony, we moved to the contraption that looked like a giant screw with a tiny seat in the middle. I have to admit we had to watch another child demonstrate before we figured out how it worked. You had to 'wind' the seat to the top, then climb the ladder, sit on the seat, and spin your way to the bottom. Sounds like fun, but it was a little advanced for Avery. I wanted to give it a try, but didn't want to hurt myself. On to the tire swing we toddled, then the slides, teeter-totters, and more swings. Of course there were many bumps, falls, and more interesting stops along the way. Avery took time to stop and enjoy each gadget on every play station, but her favorite spot was the old fashioned swing. Can't beat the swings.
On the way home I started to think about the last time we went to the park as a family, and realized it had been a while. After a quick snack for Avery and putting she (and Kenny after 5:30 a.m. football practice) down for a nap, I unloaded the pictures from the park onto the computer. I thought it would be fun to compare today's shots to last time's. So, I sifted through the folders, back one month, then two, three, four, five, six months! It's been six months since we've been to the park as a family! Too long!
Fun thing is that there were some similar shots from each park visit. She told me earlier that she's so happy that her hair finally came in. Now we're just waiting on the rest of her teeth.