Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sprayground at Greenleaf Park

I'll tell you, this was a brutal summer, but it's been warm here since the end of March! We still have a little ways to go, and this is the reason why the warmer weather pays off. We can do this:

(Cole's in the blue behind the fountains shooting straight up on the right-center)

We had so much fun. Cole ran amok through the fountains at Greenleaf Park, which are operated by a touch pad. Dean parked himself in front of that little fountain in the last few pictures and loved watching the other kids run around. I was able to sneak in some standing practice as he stood at the fountain and played with the water as it went up and down. Cole giggled and shrieked, and I marveled at how simply children are entertained sometimes. It was a wonderful time just enjoying my kids and thinking about how one day they'll be big and we can't do this stuff!! I love them so much. 

I tried to get away without putting Dean's Warm Belly suit on, but that thing really does help him with his temperature issues. You can start to tell in the last picture, but Dean's legs eventually turned purple from the knees down. Not purpl-ISH, PURPLE. It was scary. Good thing was that he seemed to warm up pretty quickly once I got him out of the wet clothes, which doesn't usually happen (or doesn't happen without a swing in the opposite direction towards being boiling hot!). 

Dean also did something "small" today that we've been working on: he *gave* me an object. I know, big whoop. But it's an important step. He has a bit of an obsession with his toothbrush, so taking it away from him in the first place is almost guaranteed to elicit a tantrum. lol So we've been working on him giving it to me. He had gotten to the point where he'd hand it over and then tighten his grip when I went to move my hand away. Cracks me up. Tonight, he looked me in the eye, put the toothbrush in my hand, and let go. I'll take it (literally!)!

1 comment:

Molly said...

How fun! I love splash parks. Makes me feel like a kid again :)

And that's great that Dean handed you an object. Way to go, Dean!