Dry Leaves and Flashy Trees

Autumn brings us fickle weather. This year we have had unseasonably warm temperatures. Up until a week ago it has felt like summer was never going to end. Then, suddenly and without warning, the cool weather has descended upon us and it really does feel like a different season now.

The green trees have suddenly changed colour and dry leaves have appeared on our lawn overnight. Mommy, daddy, and I spent the week visiting some of our favourite parks to enjoy the fall colours while they last. The show that the trees put on every autumn is spectacular and we managed to take some very nice photos.

Peachy posing for a photo

I’m ready for my closeup

I was somewhat surprised to be stuffed into a sweater and warm pants for our first outing, but by the time we arrived at the park I was glad to be bundled up. There was quite the nip in the air and I could feel the cold on my hands and face. I had grown accustomed to the warm air of the summer months and this new development was not something I was expecting.

Luckily I was much too busy to allow the cold to bother me. There is no time to be cold when there is exploring to do. Our first stop was one of my favourite wooded areas which we frequently visited in the summer to feed the ducks. It is full of trees and there are a couple of small ponds which I love to explore. I am forever tempted to stick my hands in the water but mommy is always watching closely and she is there to stop me in time.

Peachy at her favourite park

I’m so close to the water!

Even though I didn’t manage to get near the water, I still had a lovely time with mommy and daddy. We took a nice stroll and there were plenty of things to catch my attention as well as plenty of opportunity for running around. I was a very good girl that day and I paid attention to mommy and daddy while straying off the path only a couple of times.

Since I was so well behaved and I always came back to the path when asked to do so, I was allowed full freedom to explore without having to hold anyone’s hand. I loved it and after such a positive experience I was quite inclined to be a good girl more often. On the way back to the car we walked near a road and of course both of my hands were firmly wedged in the palms of mommy and daddy, but I didn’t mind since at that point my hands were quite cold.

The next outing was to another park area with a large grassy field surrounded by trees. It was getting later in the day and the sun was beginning to set. The lighting only served to bring out the orange colours in the trees. It was very pretty and the open field gave me a lot of space to run around.

Peachy running at the park

Look at those colours!

Since I was being a very good little Peach once again, mommy and daddy brought me over to a little playground around on the other side of the trees. It’s tucked away and not many people seem to know that it’s there. I had the whole place to myself and I made the most of it by going down the slide as many times as I could.

It was another chilly day and mommy put my hood up to keep my ears warm. The hood helped but by the end of it my hands were cold once again. Even though they were cold, I wasn’t quite ready to leave and I was very glad when a bunny popped out of the bushes causing mommy and daddy to stop and watch for a while.

Peachy sitting on a rock

I could stay here all day

I could have continued to play well into the night as the park is well lit but I must admit that my cold hands were glad to be back in the warm car, even if the rest of me was less enthusiastic to be leaving. On the way home my tummy began to complain of hunger but luckily dinner was ready for us when we walked through the door. All that fresh air had worked up quite the appetite and I ate a good piece of roast along with a decent helping of potatoes and some vegetables too.

The trees are shedding their leaves every day and it looks like autumn won’t stick around for very long. Soon the rustling of dry leaves under my feet will be replaced with the crunch of snow. It’s a shame the fall doesn’t last longer. I’m glad that we are making the most of this beautiful time of year.

I have a little gift for you which I hope will remind you to get outdoors and relish the colourful trees while you can. It’s a fun activity that you can download, print, and enjoy. I hope you like this autumn themed printable.

Autumn Maze

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This activity was sent to us by our friends at Education.com. Fall into learning with this fun Autumn Maze worksheet! For more activities for preschoolers, go to Education.com.

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A Day at the Beach

Although we’ve had an unseasonably warm September and October, the signs that summer is turning into autumn can’t be ignored. I’m generally an optimist and I don’t mind the changing of the seasons. It gives me an opportunity to experience something different and the changing landscape keeps things interesting. Green grass and heatwaves are giving way to cool mornings and rustling leaves.

As much as I am interested to see the trees change colour and I’m looking forward to going hiking in the woods and stomping through piles of dry leaves, there are things about summer that I will certainly miss. Those hot days were the perfect excuse to venture to the water park and pool days in the backyard aren’t very likely to happen now.

What helps leave summer fun behind is the fact that I really did make the most of the summer months. Mommy, daddy, and I had plenty of summer activities on our calendar and we squeezed as much fun as we could out of the warm weather. One of my favourite days was my first ever outing to the beach.

Peachy's sand castle

The beach awaits!

It happened in August during our summer holidays. Mommy and daddy had been planning our beach adventure since the beginning of summer. On a beautiful summer day we packed up the car and hit the highway in search of adventure. The drive was over an hour long and I was very thankful to have my tablet in the car so that I could watch my favourite shows.

Thanks to the on-board entertainment, the drive didn’t seem all that long and before I knew it the car pulled into a parking lot and mommy and daddy began unpacking the car. We parked right next to the beach and soon I had my toes in the sand for the very first time. It was a bit difficult to walk on at first but I quickly learned how to compensate for the sand shifting under my feet.

A short walk later and I was on the beach with the water stretching out before me and glistening in the summer sun. The water that I could see is part of Georgian Bay. The name of the beach is Wasaga and it is located in Simcoe County. Stretching for 14 kilometres Wasaga Beach it is the longest freshwater beach in the world. It was beautiful!

We found a good spot on the sand and set up our little camp with a blanket, a small tent in case I wanted shade, my stroller, and all of our beach gear within easy reach. Mommy got me changed into my bathing suit and as soon as she released me I jumped up and ran down the beach to explore with mommy in pursuit behind me.

Peachy at the beach

Splashing in the shallows

I ran up and down the beach for a while before heading for the water. I dove right in with no hesitation and splashed in the shallows. Then I took off to where the water was deeper but mommy stopped me insisting that I don’t know how to swim. How do we know that I can’t swim if I’ve never tried? Maybe I’m an excellent swimmer. Mommy was insistent that I stay in the shallows and I eventually agreed.

After a good deal of splashing about mommy and I played with a ball for a bit. After more running around and visiting our beach neighbours I sat down to play with my bucket and shovel. I have a good assortment of buckets, rakes, and shovels so mommy, daddy, and I were able to build some sand castles together.

Peachy playing in the sand

Sand castle in progress

Then more running around and back in the water. This time daddy came with me and I brought my surfboard. It was impossible to stay on it and the surfboard seemed determined to escape. I spent a fair bit of time chasing after it. It’s a very good thing that it floats and is bright coloured for easy retrieval. Next came more running around and then mommy said I had enough sun for a while and that it was time for some food.

I sat in my stroller to eat and mommy put the top down so that I was in the shade. I had a grilled cheese sandwich with potato wedges and a refreshing drink from the cooler. I’ve had this meal before but somehow it tasted better than ever and I ate a lot. After a good meal it was time for a little break and I leaned back in my stroller and watched the people walk by on the boardwalk.

Peachy relaxing at the beach

People watching

After letting my tummy settle I was ready for more running around. Mommy said I could have a bit more fun in the sun but that I had to make the most of it because it would soon be time to head home. I didn’t waste a moment and packed in as much running around, splashing about, and playing in the sand as I could.

Then daddy took me down to the water and gave me a good rinse. He carried me back to the blanket where mommy was waiting with a towel, a clean diaper, and a fresh change of clothes. Soon I was clean, dry, and ready to go. We headed back to the car to prepare for our departure.

Peachy going surfing

Hitting the waves once more for the road

I got comfortable in my car seat and watched while mommy and daddy loaded our stuff back into the car. Mommy said that she would get my tablet out so that I could watch my shows on the way home. I never did see that tablet. I was asleep before the car started moving and the next thing I remember daddy was carrying me into the house.

I loved my beach day! Sand is fun to play with, water has always been one of my favourites, and the beach has ample space for running around. I can’t wait for my next beach adventure.

Peachy Plays Baseball

I did many fun things over the summer holidays and I had many new experiences and exciting adventures. Some days mommy, daddy, and I went exploring distant places and making fun family memories. Other days we explored a bit closer to home but we didn’t cut back on having fun.

One of the best things about exploring around our neighbourhood is that when we discover amazing new places, we can easily go there again. In our local travels we love to visit different community parks to see what they have to offer. We made a great discovery when we stumbled upon the Sonoma Heights Community Park.

It’s a large park with many activities for the whole family. When we arrived I immediately spotted the water park and playground next to the parking lot. I was eager to get in there but mommy quickly squashed my hopes by informing me that we did not bring my bathing suit. That was a bit of a disappointment and I made mommy promise me that we would return one day a bit better prepared.

We detoured around the water park area to see what else we could find. My disappointment quickly melted away as I discovered how much room to run around the Sonoma Heights park has. There is green grass as far as the eye can see with paved walking paths that are very stroller friendly. Of course I quickly diverged off the path and headed for a fenced in area.

I located an opening in the fence and found myself in a strange place. It was a large area, square on two sides and rounded on the other end, like a quarter of a pie. Where the two straight lines meet is an area covered in some sort of reddish substance resembling fine gravel, while the rounded end is grass. I’m familiar with grass but the reddish substance was new to me so I took a close look.

Peachy exploring a baseball diamond

It feels funny

Once mommy and daddy caught up with me they told me this was a baseball field and that people play a sport called baseball here. I had never heard of baseball before but I was up to the challenge and ready to give it a chance. After all, I may be new to baseball but I’m an expert at play.

After dusting the reddish substance off my hands I jumped up ready to play. Once again I was advised that we were not prepared for baseball as we didn’t have the necessary equipment. One disappointment per day is all I am willing to put up with. I was determined to play baseball one way or another.

Peachy Plays Baseball

Ready to play

Daddy showed me the lines painted on the reddish substance and the bases at each corner. Then we walked over to the middle and daddy explained the pitcher’s mound and what role the pitcher plays. All these explanations made me somewhat confused. Seeing my bewildered expression, daddy took me to the outfield and explained that this is where all sorts of running around happened. I’m good at running around and I immediately found my love for baseball.

I ran to one end of the field and then the other. Daddy tried to keep up but I’m too fast for him. Clearly I was winning at baseball. Next I headed for one of the bases careful to avoid mommy in case she had plans to snatch me up and put an end to my fun. That’s when I spotted something on the field.

I paused briefly for a closer look. It was a bird! I took off in pursuit. I ran as fast as my feet would go and I almost had him but at the last moment the bird opened its wings and flew away. I waved goodbye to him as I watched him go with a touch of disappointment.

Peachy runs after birds on a baseball diamond

Chasing birds

The feeling didn’t last long as I quickly spotted another bird and took off in pursuit. It turns out that baseball involves lots of birds if you know to look for them. I spent a good half hour chasing the birds and although I didn’t manage to catch any, I’m still fairly certain that I won at baseball that day.

After chasing the birds I was a bit tired and I allowed myself to be strapped into my stroller. Mommy and daddy took me back to the path and we had a nice stroll. We saw a tennis court, several soccer fields, and lots of pretty things to look at.

Before heading back to the car, we found a bench and I had a nice snack. Baseball sure works up an appetite. We then headed back to our car to get ready for home. Even though Sonoma Heights Community Park is only about a 10 minute drive from home, I fell asleep on the way. Apparently baseball is pretty exhausting.

Wet and Wild Water Park Adventures

The best thing about summer is the water park down the street. It’s located at the park where I have been enjoying the playground since spring. I was a frequent visitor last summer as well, but I was too little and spent my time watching from the safety of my stroller.

That’s not the case this year. Now that summer is in full swing and complete with heat waves, I have been running with the big kids and making use of everything that playground and water park has to offer. We’re really lucky to have such an amazing play friendly area that close to our house and we don’t even have to pay to use it.

The playground is pretty great with its swings, slides, and various structures for me to explore, but it doesn’t compare to the water park area. There are colourful poles and tubes that shoot and spray water, a misting tunnel, a turtle with water coming out of its back, a structure with overhead buckets that can tip over and soak you when you least expect it, giant cattails that spray water out of the top, and a few surprises that pop up from time to time. Best of all, there are puddles everywhere!

For extra fun, each of the water park structures and components turns on and off periodically to keep you on your toes. One moment you’re enjoying the misting tunnel when it suddenly shuts off. You take off for the cattails in pursuit of the refreshing water you see raining down. You’re half way there when a geyser suddenly erupts out of the ground right before you. It’s great fun and I could easily spend most of the day there.

Peachy playing at the waterpark

Here I am waiting for the water.

When I’m not exploring one of the features of the water park, or running around to catch the water that’s raining down all over the place, then I’m splashing in one of the puddles. There are some really good puddles next to the drain areas. My personal favourite is the huge puddle in the corner. It’s practically knee-deep! At least it’s knee-deep for me. I get in there, stomp around, and reach down to slap my hands on the water’s surface. I spend at least half of my time at the water park in that puddle.

The whole time I’m playing mommy is patrolling the perimeter of the water park trying to keep an eye on me without getting herself overly wet. Sometimes she succeeds and comes home relatively dry. Other times mommy gets too close and is caught off guard by the row of nozzles hidden on the ground next to the giant puddle. Just like all the other features at the water park, these nozzles like to blast out water when you’re not looking.

The water park is where we go on really hot days. I would like to go every day but mommy says the water is too cold to enjoy unless it’s a very hot day. Hot days don’t make the water any warmer but then it feels refreshing instead of making us feel cold. I never feel cold. I’m too busy running around.

Mommy monitors my time at the water park carefully and doesn’t let me stay there for more than an hour. There is no shade at the water park and mommy doesn’t want me to get a sunburn. Every time we go mommy starts to worry about me after about thirty minutes but I’m always having way too much fun to go home. Somehow I always manage to convince mommy to give me that full hour of outdoor fun.

Every time I’m at the water park I feel full of energy but once we get home I’m completely drained. After a quick rinse in the tub and a snack, I like to have a nice nap. Those naps after the water park are the best. I never sleep better!

Up Close With Magic

Last summer mommy introduced me to the magic of bubbles. I was amazed by the strange orbs which seemed to float in the air as if guided by invisible strings. That was one of my favourite days with mommy and I have been eager to recreate that experience. It’s been a long wait.

All winter long I have been waiting for the bubble orbs to reappear but they did not. Mommy insists that magic bubble time is an outdoor activity. In the winter the only outdoor activities we’ve had involved the snow. Those were fun days too, but there were no magic bubbles.

As the days have been warming up, mommy and I have been spending a lot more time outside. We go on outings, to the park, and we even have days in the backyard where the magic bubbles were sighted last year. This year in our backyard I’ve seen lots of birds, a couple of squirrels, and a few bugs, but no bubbles.

A couple of months ago mommy, daddy, and I went out to the park and we sat on the grass. I noticed a few bubbles that day but it was a bit windy. The bubbles were swept away before I could get a good look at them, let alone catch any. It just wasn’t a good day for bubble watching.

I was starting to think that I would never get to play with those magic bubbles again. Maybe bubbles are usually too shy to play and that one time last summer was a once in a lifetime sort of encounter. I was almost ready to give up hope, and then last weekend it happened.

On weekends the park is very busy and it’s hard for a small person like me to play when there is so much going on. If the weather is nice on weekends, we either have a family outing to a new place, or we spend time playing in our backyard. Last weekend the weather was perfect. Not too hot and not too cold with only a slight breeze.

Mommy set out a blanket on the patio and brought out some of my toys. Usually when we go out in our yard I don’t just sit and play with my toys. I either play in my pool, we do an activity together, or we explore the yard to see what unusual things we can find. It was not a typical way to spend time in the backyard but it was nice to play in the fresh air and I could tell mommy was enjoying herself too.

For a while nothing strange happened. I sat on the blanket and played with my doll and my car for a while. Then I got up and brought all my blocks over to the chair where I organized them. Next I moved my blocks from the chair to the table. There are many blocks and I can only carry two at a time, so it took several trips to get all the blocks to their new location.

I think I was on my second trip when it happened. First mommy got up and tinkered with the new contraption that had been sitting in our living room for a couple of days. Then the contraption began to make a strange humming noise. I looked in that direction just in time to see small bubbles being blown out of the now humming contraption.

Toddler surrounded by bubbles

Are you seeing this?

Mommy went back to her chair and appeared unconcerned that the contraption continued to hum and spit out bubbles. It took no time at all for the entire patio area to be filled with small bubbles which swirled and danced around me. I was so surprised that I couldn’t even move. I just stood there frozen as I was, and watched the bubbles float by.

I turned on the spot to follow the trail of bubbles with my eyes. Some went up and over the fence disappearing from my view. Some swirled around or hovered almost motionless in the air around me. Some sank to the ground where they seemed to disappear upon contact with the ground. It was all very hypnotizing.

While I watched the bubbles I realized that although the ones that landed on the patio vanished immediately, the ones that landed on my blanket were more inclined to stick around for a bit. They settled on the fibres of the fabric and wobbled there for a while. Sometimes they vanished after a moment, but other times they appeared to be quite comfortable.

It took a little while but I managed to shake off the trance and I sprang into action. First, I ditched the two blocks that I was still holding. I would need my hands for this. Next, I rushed over to the blanket and threw myself down upon it. Then I crawled over to where several bubbles were wobbling there in the sun.

With no hesitation I reached out my hand and grabbed at a bubble. With the bubble firmly in my fist, I made myself comfortable on the blanket and prepared to examine my treasure. I opened my hand and was very disappointed to find it empty. Where did the bubble go?

Quickly I reached for another bubble but it vanished before I could get a good grip. A third bubble produced the same results. Next I lunged with both hands at a group of bubbles but they were gone as soon as I got there. My hands were starting to feel strangely slippery but I didn’t have time to give it much thought. There were bubbles to be captured all around me!

On my next attempt at a group of bubbles, something strange happened. One of the bubbles attached itself to the back of my finger. I was amazed. Not wanting to frighten it away, I slowly brought it up to my face to take a closer look.

The bubble was beautiful. Perfectly round and wobbly with just a thin membrane separating it from the air. The sun shimmered off its surface where brilliant rainbows danced. It weighed nothing at all and I aside from a slight dampness, I couldn’t really feel it at all.

I was ecstatic to have my first close encounter with a magic bubble. It was worth the wait. A few moments later the bubble disappearing off my finger leaving nothing more than a droplet on the back of my finger. If it wasn’t for that droplet, I wouldn’t even have been sure if the experience was real.

Fun in the Sun

This year the warm weather has been rather slow to assert itself. We’ve had unseasonably cool temperatures with grey skies and rain. The summer solstice is a week away but it has barely felt like summer at all. More like a slow spring after a long winter.

It has been such a cold summer that the heat wave which dropped down upon us late last week was a welcome surprise. We finally had several days of truly hot weather and nobody complained about it. Over the weekend it seemed that everyone was out enjoying the unbearable heat and humid air.

My family was no exception. We left the comfort of our air-conditioned home and set out in search of some fun in the sun. What we found were crowds of people. The park was too busy for me to play safely and there wasn’t even an empty bench in sight.

Much to my dismay, we retreated back to the safety of our house. I was looking forward to adventures! I was even perfectly willing to battle crowds if it meant having some fun. Sadly, mommy didn’t think it was safe for me to do so. Mommy thinks I’m too small to run around in a crowd.

I was feeling disappointed as mommy carried me upstairs to my room and got me ready for a diaper change. Then something strange happened. Mommy put a weird diaper on me. It didn’t feel like my usual diapers and it didn’t go on the same way either. Instead of being fastened at the front like every diaper I have ever worn, I had to put my feet into it like pants.

Next mommy brought out an outfit for me that I had never seen before. It was one piece like a bodysuit but the fabric felt strange and it had funny straps at the top. Unlike all my other bodysuits, this one didn’t go on over my head. I had to put my feet into it first and then mommy pulled it up, got my arms through the straps, and pulled the straps up onto my shoulders.

I was somewhat confused by this process but once I was in there, the outfit felt quite comfortable. Next mommy put me in the crib while she searched for something in my closet, and then my dresser. I’m not sure what was going on. I was too busy investigating the strange outfit I was wearing.

When mommy and I went back downstairs, I realized daddy was missing. Mommy didn’t even slow down. She simply carried me to the patio door and before I knew it we were outside on our deck. Mommy carried me down the stairs to the backyard and set me down on the patio.

Moments later daddy popped out from the shed carrying two patio chairs and the large umbrella with its stand. That’s when I noticed the blue circular thing behind me. I’ve been on the patio before and I am sure that wasn’t there before. Mommy called it a kiddie pool, but nobody explained where it came from.

I didn’t have much time to investigate. Mommy scooped me up and put me inside it! I was very surprised to find that it was full of water. Having suddenly found myself waist deep in water, I did the only sensible thing I could think of. I began frantically slapping my hands down on the surface of the water.

Peachy is having fun in the sun

It’s like having a bath outside

Splashing is fun! After a good ten minutes of furious splashing, I began to calm down. Mommy brought out a few of my waterproof toys and deployed them around me. Daddy set up the umbrella above me and a chair on either side. The three of us spent a fair bit of time relaxing and playing in this configuration.

After a while I decided I wanted to get out of the pool and do some exploring around the yard. Mommy helped me out and dried me off with a towel. Shoes were put on my feet and I was set free. While I was busy running around mommy placed a blanket on the grass underneath our tree and she sat down on it.

Once I was done stretching my legs, I came over to see what mommy was up to. She was just sitting there. I got onto the blanket with mommy to keep her company. We played with leaves and pieces of grass for a while. It was very interesting. I had never really looked at grass that way before.

I started feeling a bit warm and I though I nice dip in the pool would refresh me. Mommy helped me get back in the water and it was indeed very refreshing. Daddy adjusted the umbrella to keep me in the shade and we spent a while longer on the patio together. It felt so good to be splashing around in the water on such a hot day.

When I got bored with the pool for a second time, we decided to pack things up and go back inside. I was starting to get a bit hungry and mommy promised me a snack, so I didn’t fuss about it. After my snack I had a great nap. It was such an amazing day.

The best part was that the following day was another hot and humid one and we did the same thing all over again. It was just as much fun as the first time. Maybe it was even more fun because I knew what to expect and I wasted no time jumping into my pool.

The three of us ended up spending a good portion of our weekend in our own backyard and every one of us felt great about that. It turns out, you don’t have to go very far for a good time. Sometimes the best place to go is just outside the door.

Hearts and Flowers

For the last couple of days I have been cooped up indoors. We have been experiencing daily torrential downpours of rain which have put our daily outings to the park on hold. I have grown to love our playtime at the park and I miss my outdoor play.

After many months of winter, being able to venture out into the warming rays of spring sunshine was initially a bit bewildering to me. After all, last year I was too little to do much and spent most of my outdoor time strapped into my stroller. I still ride in my stroller each time we go out, but when we get to where we’re going mommy lets me out.

This has opened up a world of possibilities for me. It has allowed me to explore, see things I have never seen before, play in brand new way, and even socialize with other kids a little. It’s really not surprising that I’m hooked on our outdoor adventures. It’s even less surprising that all this rain is making me miss the outside world.

On the last nice day before the rain came, mommy and I had a great time at the playground. It was a little cooler than the previous day and the playground was almost deserted. This rarely happens. Most of the time the place is crowded with kids, parents, strollers, and the occasional dog.

It’s difficult for me to play when there are so many people around because most of them are much bigger than I am. They are fast and busy with their games. Mommy keeps me close and insists that I hold her hand so that I don’t wander into their boisterous play. She worries that I’ll get trampled because I’m so small.

It’s hard to explore when mommy doesn’t give me much freedom so when the playground isn’t busy, we take full advantage. Mommy lets me loose and I run around all by myself! I can go wherever I want, touch anything that strikes my fancy, and make use of all the interesting playground equipment. It’s amazing!

The last time we went was the best. I was in an exploring mood and mommy thought it would be good to take some pictures with our cell phone. Although it was a bit cool, it was a bright day and there weren’t many people around to get in the way. It was a great day for park photography and we got some great shots.

Mommy and I have been starting to work on our Instagram presence. It’s been slow going as most of our photos are in the camera and not on our mobile devices. I hope mommy got some good shots to share. There was one that I know mommy was excited about. I hope people like it.

We posted that photo on Instagram as soon as we got home. Mommy said she hopes it will get us a lot of hearts. When people like an image on Instagram they have to press the heart icon. When mommy and I get a like we say we got a heart from someone. It’s a bit of an inside joke.

Peachy's Instagram feed

I’m on Instagram!

That day at the park I found something very pretty on the ground. It was yellow and fluffy and I couldn’t help but pick it up. I can’t believe such treasure was just sitting there on the floor. I just knew it was a very special find.

After giving it a good look and petting it’s fluff a little, I turned to mommy and offered it to her in an outstretched hand. Mommy always accepts my gifts graciously but she was particularly pleased with the pretty, yellow, fluffy thing. She called it a flower and thanked me profusely. I think I’ve heard that word before but I’m not sure when or where.

After posting our latest photo on Instagram, mommy put the flower between two pieces of paper and placed a heavy book on it. She said she would save it to put in the book that mommy is making for me. The book is all about me, my firsts, special moments, and fun memories. Mommy has been working on since before I was born.

When daddy came home mommy showed him the flower and she told him that she is saving it because it’s the first flower I ever gave her. Daddy said the flower’s name is dandelion and he said it might not count as a true flower. Mommy disagreed and carefully put the flower back under the heavy book. I suspect daddy is jealous of mommy’s flower. I’ll have to find him one of his own just as soon as this rain lets up.

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