Monday, March 8, 2010

The Slide

So, recently I have found myself worrying, as I sometimes do.

I have been trying to figure out how this whole playground experience will work out once the weather improves. I want, so badly, for Dylan to be able to actively participate in his surroundings. I know that he'll want to be down, on the ground, moving around with everyone else - playing, climbing, sliding! And honestly, the ol' guy is getting heavy now, and it's quite difficult holding him for long stretches of time. Ahh...If I could, I'd put him down, absolutely I would. Unfortunately, though, I'm not sure how well it will work out with him swiffering around the playground on wood chips.

Well, to our delight, it was absolutely beautiful this past weekend! Yesss! We decided to take a drive to the beach,



where we wound up discovering a playground that we hadn't seen before. Dave and I alternated holding Dylan until Cassidy started going down the slide. Oh, Dylan was so excited watching her go down and then back up. Down and back up. He was trying desperately to escape from my arms, so we let him go.



And as I watched him play, I realized, as it usually does, it all worked out just fine. Better than fine, actually. It was wonderful.

And those wood chips? I'm pretty sure Dylan can handle 'em.

16 comments:

Stellarchild said...

You are all the sunshine in my days Laurie. I talk of Dylan so often, educating others (I correct anyone who uses the R word and explain how hurtful that is - I don't care who it is, I do it) and he never ceases to amaze me. I love it. And you.

Tausha said...

That is so awesome. I have had those same concerns and worries. I can't wait now for warm weather and the park outings.

Christi Harrison said...

i have been having the same thoughts about spring and summer. will it be great? or super hard? i hope jimmy doesn't want to eat the wood chips. or drink the pool water. i have this crazy dream that jimmy will be walking by summer. crazy, since he can't really stand up on his own yet. but you never know. cheers to beautiful weather! and strollers if necessary!

Rachel said...

Aubrey says to tell Dylan and that woodchips are really tasty and that you can make snow angels in the woodchips with your feet and it is really fun:)

Derek, Kenzee and Gage said...

How fun you got to go out and enjoy some good weather, I sure hope we get some of that around here soon! I love the cute pictures, and how sweet that Dylan loved the slides! I bet Dylan will love the wood chips, if he's like Gage, he'll think they taste good! :)

Jeanette said...

Sydney's favorite piece of palyground equipment is the slide!!

Bethany said...

Haha totally understand this! I was so worried about that with my girls too as summer approached just before each of them walked. Lucky for us, they both walked in the spring and it made it easier, but yeah ... I'm pretty sure Dylan will do just fine!

The Sanchez Family said...

I get it! I'm now realizing how challenging it's going to be with Joaquin still not walking and with a new baby who I'm not even sure is mobile at all. But somehow we will figure it out :)! Can't wait to see more cute photos of you kiddos!!!

Kelly said...

Too cute!! It's nice to know we don't worry alone:) I am so not surprised that Dylan loved the slide! Look at how well he is doing! Hooray for Dylan!!

Tim and Kelli said...

I have had the same worries about the warm weather. Wood chips, grass, rocks. Looks like he is going to have a great spring and summer playing outside with Cassie.

Kelli said...

I got the chills reading this post! Dylan looks like he is having the best time on the slide! Love it!

Amanda said...

yay! so cute!

Anonymous said...

Laurie,
You must be so happy to see Dylan and Cassidy out playing.I am sure Cassidy will want to help out with her brother.wait till he starts to crawl inside of the tunnels.have fun chasing him and don't get stuck inside one of them.I have seen it happen to a Mom in Mc Donalds.You are doing such a great job.
God Bless you and all the other Bloggers.
Art Betty

Loren Stow said...

Great post! I hope there are many more days of playing ahead!

Anonymous said...

Wow-what a blessing to live at the base of a ski hill (that's what's out your window, right?) and within driving distance of a beach! Sounds wonderful! Glad you were able to enjoy such a nice family day at the park!
~Brenna

Amy said...

Of course he can handle the wood chips. He is one amazing little guy.