After a weeks of nothing but cold air, followed by rainy days, Sunday it was finally mild enough to venture out of the house without heavy coats. It was miraculous. It was only partly sunny, but even a little sun is welcoming after days of rain. So, with that in mind, we packed up the kids and headed off to the water front to
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The boys were excited. Big Guy loved seeing the birds. Every night I read a book to him called Duck & Goose: How Are You Feeling? He got to see real ducks and geese up close, and he kept calling out “Duck. Duck. Duck,” over and over again and pointing at them in fascination. I loved that we were able to bring the book to life for him. I mean, the emotions weren’t brought to life, but at least he knows what a real duck and a real goose look like now.
Squeaker did his usual thing. He scared the birds away. And he’s picked up his own coping mechanisms for noises. He covers his own ears. I remember the days that he used to freak out over noises and hit himself. Now he just plugs his own ears if he knows it’s coming. Thankfully we’ve not had any unexpected noises lately. He’d scare the birds, and in preparation for their squawking, he’d plug his ears. And he wanted me to join him in scaring them, so I ran after them with him. I wound up throwing my back out in the process, but these are just the things you do for your children.
After chasing the birds and walking along the waterfront, we took the kids to a local cafe for lunch and ice cream before heading back home to relax for the rest of the day.
We had a wonderful time. It was a good departure from the dull days of sitting inside the house avoiding the cold air and the nasty rain. The time spent enjoying both of the children was worthwhile. It was a reminder that, while things can certainly be difficult around here, our children are wonderful to be around.