Kids love to be outside. They just do. We would probably spend all our days in the great outdoors if the adult in charge didn’t get too hot, too cold, or too sick of mosquitos.Today I took my girl to a nearby nature center to explore. It was 76 degrees this morning, so doing something outside was important. I packed a picnic, loaded up her little side kick, and we were off.This place was so fun for EBug. There were indoor exhibits, trails, gardens, and a really cool outdoor classroom.There she goes with her little map.
One of the best parts about this place-free. I love awesome free things. I do not mind paying for awesome things, but free is just better. Full enjoyment with lots of plans to go back!She made a new (chatty!) friend who was eager to impart her turtle knowledge to E.I love assessing a place through the lens of my toddler. It’s funny how this little nature center was not wildly impressive or grand or glitzy. It was a simple building with a few animals and the invitation of the outdoors, but it was paradise to her. And I knew the moment we walked in that she would love it. And it made me love it. Every flower, every bird, every wooden block was a new adventure awaiting her, and it made me excited.
Having a child is like experiencing the world all over again. You see things differently, and you require less.Of course she found the sand.We had some more outdoor time once we got home, and this is the moment she insisted she did not need to potty. Why do kids do that?! They do not want to stop playing to potty.
Potty training update: The girl is fully trained and even used a public restroom at the nature center today. I am so proud of her! And relieved that I don’t have to take froggy everywhere now!