Friday, April 18, 2008

Today is chilly and dreary, but in spite of that I think we're finally getting into more spring-like weather. This week the kids and I took advantage of a few nice days by going on two picnics and visiting the arboretum to enjoy all the spring flowers. We were all happy to get outside, and are looking forward to the weekend, which is supposed to be beautiful.
At the arboretum, we discovered that Emma is also terrified of bugs, but "only bugs that are on me," she'll tell you. The first time I saw her running maniacally towards me, letting loose a blood-curdling scream, I thought she had probably gotten stung. Nope. As she frantically shook her arm, I managed to grab ahold of it and discover the reason for all the melodrama - a very cute, and perfectly harmless, ladybug. A ladybug! Not exactly the outdoorsy type, is she?
Noah, of course, loves crawling around and eating flower petals, little pebbles, bugs, and pretty much any speck of dirt he can find. He's not very discriminating either, because he will happily swallow all these things unless I dig them out of his eager little mouth. I know he will of course start walking at some point, but I honestly wish he would hurry up and do it now so all the tasty-looking (to him) morsels on the ground aren't as accessible. Emma didn't learn to walk until she was fifteen months old, and Noah is really nowhere close to walking now, so I think I'm just doomed to have kids who are late walkers. Because of that, my kids are also probably doomed to ingest more than their share of dirt, bugs, petals, and rocks. At least they are organic, right?

8 comments:

Mary Beth said...

So cute. My kids never walked early, either, so there was a lot of ground sitting. Oh well, the dirt never seemed to hurt them. I love Noah's romper.

Abby said...

Did you have to sneak your camera in there? One time I had mine with Sophie, and an employee asked me to put it away and said there's a sign posted at the front entrance saying no cameras without a permit!! (which I've never noticed.)

Looks like no one bothered you, though - beautiful pictures!

Allison said...

Looks like you all had a fun time. What great pictures. Jaime and Amy were both late walkers. My older three walked at about a year.

Mamaperreca said...

LOVE the flower picture. Emma is a riot! LOL! Gioia freaked out about a spider on her, she was screaming "ITS GONNA MAKE A WEB ON ME!" LOL!

Hamons said...

The Arboretum is beautiful. At least they have signs of spring, not so much in my neighborhood yet.

Deanna said...

Lydia has also developed a fear of bugs, and not limited to ones that are on her. The other night she did the blood curdling scream too - thought for sure she had broken her leg or something. Nope, ladybug in the bathroom.

Now that we are starting to feel better, I hope we can enjoy some of this spring weather too. Before it gets UGLY hot.

ccmachine85 said...

It looks like Emma is preparing for a front-handspring. Also, perhaps you should be a tad more understanding of Emma's fear of outdoorsy things, given your resolution not to go into your backyard once last summer...

Peter said...

It's so nice finally having days to spend outside. I hope Emma can stop fearing bugs and make use of the weather.