Ella woke up to the surprise of a castle appearing in her backyard this morning. Her jaw literally dropped and her lips formed a perfect “o”. With a gasp of delight, she raced across the grass in her pajamas and scampered up into the tower.
I heard all sorts of things coming from behind the castle walls this morning. Giggles, full blown laughter, and stories. At one point I heard her say, “It’s not a scary dragon! It’s just a poor lonely lizard. Let’s be friends!”
Dreams start early. Imaginary play has become her best friend. I love listening to her talk to the friends I can’t see. I hope her childhood memories are filled with poor lonely lizards, castles, fairies, and adventures. It’s those sorts of things that inspire your future endeavors.
A few days ago, I was about to loose my mind. Things were crazy around the house with the kids and we needed to GET OUT. But Miles hates hates hates the carseat and I couldn’t really handle him screaming all the way to our destination. I was wistfully wishing I could just wear him in our baby carrier while driving when I saw the bus trundle. An idea was spawned and I emailed my friend who is a bus riding pro. The next day we went on our bus adventure and I took a few pictures to illustrate our trip.
We live about a block from the bus stop and Ella felt like SUCH a big girl walking next to me instead of holding my hand.
The transportation of choice for the boy child.
We arrive and are about twelve minutes early.
I quickly learned that this is about ten minutes too early for a toddler.
So we waited.
During that wait, I quickly learned a new nursing trick.
And she waits some more.
You should have heard the excited shouts from Ella when the bus finally turned the corner. You would have thought the ice cream truck was coming!
Unfortunately, there aren’t any other pictures of our adventure because once we got on the bus it was just too much to figure out how to keep Ella in her seat and juggle the camera. We had a good time and our bus goes right past our library! How exciting is that?
Even though I didn’t find my mind on the bus, we sure did have fun looking for it and spending time with our friend as she showed us the ropes of bus travel.
We went to Tanner’s Orchard yesterday. It was cold and breezy but Ella managed to stay warm due to her multiple layers of clothing. Tights, jeans, socks, under shirt, heavy sweater, and winter jacket.
Their petting zoo had the craziest and most awesome set up for their goats. There were pathways for the goats to climb up onto the roof and into a tree house! It was so funny to watch Ella looking around then flip out in excitement over seeing a goat above her. They even had a pulley and bucket system for visitors to feed the goats that were in the tree house. My favorite part of the set up was the troll that was perched under a path way.
You can’t hear it, but she’s answering my questions and laughs with excitement!