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Monday, September 25, 2006

Slide into Bed !

This evening, as I arrived home from work, I knew that I needed to take full advantage of this beautiful fall weather. The sun was shining, the temperature was mild and there was a whole playground yellling for a kid to come play. The "kid" to play was Elaina !

With her little jacket and hat on, we strolled down to the park to burn off the last bit of energy she had for the day. Her eyes lit up and she pointed out as far as her arm would reach once we got close to the jungle gym. Lucky for us that I am quick at getting her unfastened from her stroller seat because she tore herself out of there as fast as she could and darted for the slide ! Elaina has decided that the slide is her favorite of all time !

She climbed through the tunnels, took a turn on the swingset, rocked on a giant yellow duck with mommy and climed the big steps to the slide all by herself at least a dozen times. She squealed with laughter and beamed with accomplishment. What fun we had !

It's amazing how much she can grow and develop in such a short amount of time. It doesn't seem that long ago that we had gone to the same playground and she was a little bit timid to climb through the tunnels and didn't really enjoy the playground as much. I love to see the delight in her smiling face and her sparkling eyes as she takes charge of her own recreation.

By the time we got home and dinner was ready, she managed about 2 bites and a sip of milk before she fell asleep in her highchair. Big girls have to get their sleep - there is plenty of playing to do tomorrow !

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