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Friday, March 16, 2012

dirtgirl world

How do you feel about this weather lately? Hasn't it been divine? Aspen and I take walk after walk after walk. And we sit in the backyard digging in the dirt, eating our meals, and chasing after the dog.

I learn more about my parenting while we're outside, too. I like to sit back and allow Aspen to explore on her own. If she falls down, I let her pick herself up. If she gets too close to something dangerous (tools, BBQ grill, poop) I encourage her to listen to me and learn from the tone of my voice that it's important to turn away and find something else to play with. It's a nice rhythm we're developing.

When it does come time to drag a tired, sun-soaked toddler inside, she usually yells bye to her swing and her table and her bike. They are the highlights of her time outside.

I can't believe last summer she would just sit on a blanket and look around contently. She would listen to me read aloud, she would play with little baby toys and completely mellow out. How far we've come since then!

3 comments:

  1. The weather has been wonderful. But it has started sprinkling up our way & I hear its supposed to continue this weekend but next week is supposed to be nice again :)

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  2. I too have been loving this weather and taking complete advantage with my boys. Winter creates madness due to being cooped up in the house.

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  3. Oh my, those adorable crocs! The weather has been so nice here too. HELLO SPRING!!!!!

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