We've been to the zoo about......four hundred times already. Seriously, we've gone about twice a week. And we LOVE it. Yesterday we met the Elliott's at the zoo and Sylvia got to run around with her adorable friend, Addy. They held hands almost the entire time.
Addy is four years old, but has lovely manners, and used the word "offered" correctly in a sentence about her brother. I love this kid and I hope Sylvia is just like her!
Today, we met Beth and Sudie at the zoo's splash park. *Gasp!* I finally let Sylvia go into the splash park! Every time we walk by, it's packed with kids, and I'm all, "I don't knoooooow, we'd have to put her in her swim diaper (which is in the diaper bag)......and those big kids might knock her over.......and I might get wet......." But today I decided it was time to just go ahead and DO IT! It was a good idea. She loved it! And for the record, she knocked over plenty of big kids when she spontaneously left the baby side and made a bee line for the real action. There were moms commenting on how amazingly small she was for a kid who is so fast and...assertive? Yeah, she's assertive.
We walk to this adorable park behind our house almost every night before or after dinner. Sometimes we can walk right by the sprayground and she doesn't mind, because she knows we're headed for the swings. But usually she starts pointing and shrieking and making the sign for "more" (which, I guess, she has turned into the sign for "I want!") when we get within sight of the fountains. Tonight I finally got some good video of her two favorite activities - water and swings!
Here are some more pics of our wonderful park. Notice all the shade and wide walkways and the cute bridge!
On our walks to (and through) the park, we say hello to our neighbors, we pass the library, where we sometimes stop to drop off our books or get some new ones, and Sylvia waves, points, and talks to all the neighborhood kids. We've really just started feeling like part of a community this year, and now we have to leave. I can't even write that sentence without choking up. The biggest reason I haven't blogged in weeks is because I am so incredibly and desperately S.A.D. about moving away from here. I can't wait to be with my family, but our house hasn't sold yet, and our living situation is so uncertain that it's making me sick to think about it. My Mom and Jay have graciously agreed to let us stay at their house until we figure things out, but leaving this sweet little house, in this sweet little neighborhood, where our sweet little girl was born and where we have spent every sweet day of her life.....it's just really, really hard.
But I guess that's another post altogether. This one was supposed to be about summer and sunshine and water and fun!!!