Back home again and back at it.
The kids are in camp this week, so it's mostly me and Lakshman at home.
After our getting home close to midnight last night I was ready for a more laid back day and I got it. I took far less pictures too (totally ok!). All still iPhone and edited with vscoCam.
He hates to be left behind every morning but he loves to at least get outside. He has seen the kids blow milkweed seeds so often, he always wants to do it too. He calls them bubbles and loves to catch them the same way as real ones. Luckily I found one ripe seed pod.
The Land of Nod. Colorful and fun. He loves to play ball so this was right up his alley. I'm a big fan just because it looks great. I really tried to take my time and play as long as he was interested.
It's more of a struggle than I care to admit.
We sit and read for long periods of time. But playing, just sitting and playing. Not looking around at what needs to be picked up. Not looking at a screen. Not rushing off to put another load of laundry in real quick. It's more rare than it should be.
This I think is one of the major differences between home and vacation that really struck me today. I don't know that I would have enjoyed being on a huge playground half so much if it were at home instead of Chicago. I probably would be another distracted mother on her phone, instead of wearing long pants all day just so I could go down the slide with them!
No nap this morning but he did promptly fall alseep in the car on the way to get Nandini. Yay. He slept in the stroller for a bit longer but it didn't last.
There are so many patches of honeysuckle around the Nature center and we almost always stop for a nip. Even Lakshman knows what to do. Eating with a fork and spoon is just trickier somehow.
We went inside to find Avinash and drop off his second lunch, but he was already at the splash pad. His counselor gave him some extra food and he ate the veggie burger when he got back. She really is the sweetest. She even called us when we were in Chicago to check on him (I had already told her we would be away).
She is always psyched when the tunnel is open. She is four and full of wonder. I could hardly tear her away.
They had a great time together. One of them finished her food. The other took bites of apple, chewed them and then spit them out. Of course. Because nothing can ever be that easy.
They both napped in the afternoon though. It was awesome. Lakshman woke up and thought that was it, but I gave him a bottle and he fell back asleep. My brother watched them then while I picked up Avinash.
He had a great day at camp as usual. They found the skeleton of a lizard on the way back from the splash pad. I mean, c'mon. Does it get any better? (Blech!)
Today was blue apron delivery day. I love seeing all the produce together. I tried separating each meal into it's own bag but I just use one basket in the fridge now for everything.
blue apron tricks.
He's up! He snacked a bit while I got dinner started and then we read together. This was one of my favorite books as a kid and they all love it now too. He has started "singing" along with the words in his gibberish baby talk. Basically the cutest thing ever.