Soren and I have worked the gym into our morning routine once or twice a week now that he magically enjoys the gym child care. On this sunny day we felt like we’d earned ourselves a little treat at the Paris Creperie. Soren had no idea what was coming.
But he knew it was a treat and he knew it involved chocolate.
When they asked for my name at the counter, I didn’t know it was to monogram my crepe! That’s new.
We practically licked the plate.
A few documentations of afternoon playtime:
My favorite part in this one is the way he says, “Not really” (around 0:18).
Getting to the temple as it opens is always a good start to the day. Brightest blue skies ever at 6:45 a.m.!
Soren is wild about grapefruits. Great-grandma and great-grandpa Hepp have sent us a couple boxes of their amazing Arizona-grown fruit. We’re spoiled!
And then we made our annual pilgrimage to Texas! For being an early bird, this one doesn’t look too lively at 6 a.m. at the airport.
He loves nothing more than to talk about and watch airport trucks.
We LOVE Austin. So much to do there! We had lots of fun exploring Zilker Park and the trail along the river. I accompanied Soren and Isaac on a nice train ride around the park.
During the long Boston winter Soren forgot how to play on playgrounds. He was the most awkward kid in Austin. And he asked me multiple times, “Where’s their snow?”
Digging was no problem, though. He was probably pretending it was a snow shovel.
First ice cream cone at age 2.5.
Another day, another nature walk.
Springtime has brought back Soren’s affection for rocks.
The AC in Page’s van wasn’t quite working, and the drive was a HOT one. Page gave the kids permission to remove their clothes. Soren passed out from heat stroke. Not really, but his nap was super sweaty.
You know it’s a good nap when the paci falls out.
More nature exploration, this time in San Antonio.
These two didn’t spend much time interacting, but they did meet for snack time one day. “You have yogurt on your face!”
Faye makes getting up from naps extra fun.
Ev is a great worker man companion.
Backyards are the only thing that get me close to nostalgia for suburban life. I’m trying to convince Tim to let me get a trampoline for our driveway in Boston.
Sometimes life is too short to pull up your pants.
Our flight home, with a layover, was MUCH more enjoyable than the five-hour nonstop. I even got some reading time while Soren napped on my lap. But the highlight of all highlights was the surprise we found at the back of the plane. PENGUINS. Actual penguins were on our flight. They were en route to Philadelphia from the San Antonio Sea World, and they absolutely made my day.
What good is a layover if you can’t enjoy a $7 slice of pizza while you wait?
Then back to Boston and back to coat weather. I had to video the way Soren removes his coat, because it’s one of those cute things you just don’t want to forget and you know it probably won’t happen again next winter. He unzips the coat, spins around until it falls off, and then promptly picks it up and hands it to me. Of course he doesn’t do it quite right in this video, but you get the idea.
We paid a visit to the Mallard family one Saturday afternoon. Soren didn’t mind ruining other people’s photos while he played duck, duck, goose.
At the end of March Soren and I took off again, this time for Virginia and North Carolina.
We arrived at the Outer Banks on a chilly Sunday afternoon, but that didn’t stop us from saying a quick hello to our beach.
Monday wasn’t much better. Kinda rainy, kinda cold, and really windy.
Back at the beach house, Soren made my day when he spied this bag of cheese puffs and asked if he could have a carrot. I didn’t catch the question on video, but I got his reaction when he took a bite.
And then, it was April! Guess I’ll have to finish those beach pictures later.