Just like last year, we decided to celebrate the nice-ish weather with a trip to Cox Arboretum. Coming around the corner into spring and summer means it will be time for me to once again become the unofficial spokesperson for Dayton Metro Parks. We loved all our park time last year and definitely didn't take advantage of it as much as we could have. Cox Arboretum is one of the best because it is close, free, and beautiful no matter what time of year.
Taking pictures of Harper was much more difficult this year. She didn't really want to sit near the flowers and she was a little nervous about the ginormous bees which were zooming haphazardly around the flowerbeds. I caught myself trying to explain that the bees weren't interested in her because they were busy pollinating the flowers. I stopped myself when I remembered that Harper is only two years old; the science is a little ahead of her.
Harper did enjoy the flowers a little, but she was mostly interested in climbing on the benches and picking up rocks.
She still loves rocks and dirt more than about anything else we find in the great outdoors.
The turtles were high on her list as well. She kept asking me if she could go pet one.
"Pease pease pease pease pease pease Mommy? Can I jus touch it on the shell? Can I jus pet the little one? Pease?"
Tonight at dinner Matt was holding up fingers and asking Harper how many. She can count like a champ if she's just rattling off numbers, but we're trying to show her how to slow down and count to figure out how many objects there are. So she was patiently counting fingers, one finger, three fingers, four fingers, two fingers. . .
Then Matt held up five and asked, "How many fingers am I showing now?"
To which Harper replied, "All of dem!"