One of the last days of summer, we set off for a run. Edie was really fast on the sidewalk and Gabe was really fast on the hill. We got up to the top of the hill next to the reservoir and looked out over our city and the mountain. It’s great when we can find playspaces mixed into the urban environment, because they tend to me more engaging than playfields or constructed spaces, and our imaginations get more exercise.
Our bodies got lots of exercise too. Once we got around the reservoir, we discovered a great hill for rolling down. It had a lot of grass clippings and a bit of dew on it, but that just made it better for rolling down. We sang Jack and Jill over and over, and the little friends ran to the top to tumble down over and over too. Sometimes we were rolling sideways, and sometimes somersaulting. Always laughing.
It was such good kid exercise and so much fun that we hardly minded taking a shower outside with all our clothes on and then changing into dry things in the entryway afterward.
Let’s do parcore. I’m running and jumping off this. Iris, you can do that? Swing on this bar! I can do it all by myself. Now you catch me!
There is a police car. I don’t want to get in it; okay, I’m gonna sit it the back. Don’t make a loud noise. No thank you.
Iris loves the slip and slide. No thank you. I will just sit here with Poppy.
Me and Iris are going in the bouncy house now. I want to jump so high! Oh, that slide. Don’t crash me. No, I need space. Okay. Thank you!
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We can go to the park today, okay Grandma? Let’s swing swings. Look, Anty Janis and Ellie. Me and Ellie are swinging together!
Put on my swimsuit now and run in the sprinkler! Ellie can do it! Edie can do it! I can do it all by myself!
I want Gabe to come over to play at my house. Today! Right now is good for playing. Gabe can ride the scooter and I will ride the bike.
Race, Gabe! Run down the hill! Okay. You sit down. I catch you!
Mama, turn on the finkler. The ssssprinkler. Oh my goodness, Gabe can run and jump! I can run too! I need more watermelon. We throw old watermelon to my chickens. Gabe, hold my hand so I can jump too.
Hi Auntie Jeri! Who’s that boy? It’s Wade. He sits in the back? My Iris! Auntie, kiss. Are we going to the beach? I don’t want my shoes on my feet.
I climb a tree with my cousins. No more pictures.
I don’t want to hold a crab. Iris, pick me up. I’m going to lay in the sunshine. Messy sand is on the towel. Look, a sea shell. A bird! A boat! Cousins!
It’s a princess day. With my cousin Iris. I want to put on my bathing suit and my pink sandals. I don’t want to go in the water. It’s exploding! No, Iris! Oh. Iris goes in it! I just watch here. Sit with me. I don’t want to. Okay. I walk in the water. Noooo! It’s exploding! It exploded Iris!
We can climb on this rock. I can climb up this one all by myself. Look, I’m jumping way up high. I don’t fall down. Iris, catch me! I’m hiding. Iris, come find me! Oh let’s go on this slide. I can do it all by myself. Oh, fancy french fries. Iris, do you want another french fry?
Let’s go on a walk? Go across the street. Go up a hill. Let’s take my red soccer ball. Kick it! Go get it!
I want to eat it. I pick mint. Go up the alley. It’s rocks on the ground. I want more mint. Go across this street, and go over there. I don’t want to go over there. Shall we go to play group? Play group is Friday.
Look. I find a tiny chair.
Good Morning, Grandpa. Ride in Grandpa’s truck. That light’s green. Go. Happy birthday Grandma! At the flower store. It’s the chicken store! Hi baby chicks! How about this flower? How about my white flower? Hi kitty cat! I touch it? Nooooo! I want to touch kitty cat…! No!
Plant the flowers in this box. In those boxes. Pretty! I want my swimsuit. My unders get wet. Water the flowers! Eat more strawberries please.
Peacock! I touch it? Okay. Look, kids!
Hi gibbons! Hi mama Gibbon. Hi daddy Gibbon. I see you in a basket!
This is red wolves. One two seven eight nine eleven. It’s all the babies in there. They are too sleepy. I am too sleepy.
It’s a big polar bear. Pick me up mama. I ride in my stroller. It’s cold down there.
Hi otters. Hi seals. I’m too sleepy. Let me out. Go in my bed. Oh it’s seals. One two five seven. Up and down. Up and down. Over there… hi seals…
Let’s go on a walk. Shall we drive scooters? I don’t want my shoes. My pink sandals, I take them off okay. I don’t want to stand on it. Go up the hill.
At the park it’s sprinklers. Don’t go in it kids. Too cold. Mama I want my swimsuit.