Today was a very pretty day, and Anna told us so all day long. She emphasized the "day" part, stretching out the "aaaaaay," and each time she did it, Blake and I smiled happily at each other. I'm loving her language and expressions right now. I'm loving how she knows she can say "bare butt" or "my goodness" to get a laugh out of me. Both of these she tested out before bed tonight at the end of a full, pretty fun day.
Our day started with "oatmeemo" and a long bike ride to Rolling Hills Park a few miles from our house. Anna nibbled on her bunny crackers all the way there. She had the playscape to herself, and we watched her confidence bloom as she climbed the stairs and navigated the slide all alone. A red-faced, sweaty little Anna declared this "pretty fun" after climbing and sliding more times than we could count. We finally broke away to the pond to look for duckies. Instead we found one goose, a swarm of bees, and a school of fish, which wound up sharing some cheddar bunnies with Anna. The fact that the fish ate bunnies was, apparently, hilarious; we heard about it with giggles all afternoon.
Climbing with such intensity and focus.
The fishies ate the bunnies!
We spent more time enjoying the pretty day after Anna's nap. Our first Tantre Farm CSA work party took place this afternoon, so we headed to the farm for a tour and some time with the animals. And, it was all about the animals - the dogs, the cows, the chickens, the goats. Anna loved them all. She especially loved feeding the cows. Blake and I loved watching her, seeing the rows of proliferating veggies, and tasting the freshly churned butter on homemade bread from a wood-burning outdoor oven.
Betty, one of their milk cows.
Beautiful, beautiful lettuce.
This is one of my favorite kind of days, full of family, new experiences, and smiles. Anna was right...it really was a pretty day.