Spring is definately in the air. So is pollen, but we can overlook that. The weather is beautiful here in Georgia and the flowers are in full bloom. My very outdoorsy child is in heaven. The only time he cares to go inside is to eat, which these days is occurring more and more frequently. Otherwise it’s outside for “wah wahs”.
Since Ike is in a pretty major exploring phase, this spring is an opportunity for us to get in some good development and fun activities before the unbearable heat of summer begins. We need a bucket list! A Tot-sized bucket list.
1. Go to the playgrounds. Go to ALL the playgrounds. Play on slides and hone those climbing skills!
2. Pick some strawberries. We heart all things berries in my house. Strawberries are grown locally here in Georgia at a variety of farms around the metro Atlanta area. We are planning to go to Cottle Farms just south of the city to try our hand at some picking. I see lots of strawberry shortcake and strawberry milkshakes in our spring future!
3. Visit the Zoo. Technically, we can check this one off, Ike and Ivanal and I hurried off to the zoo the first weekend it was sunny out and monkeyed around the bird habitat for a few hours.
But we will keep this one the list since my mother’s annual pass is still good through the summer.
4. Go to the Dogwood Festival. The dogwood festival is one of Atlanta’s most popular spring festivals. I’m embarrassed to admit in my 8 years of living in this city I have yet to attend. We have already made plans to meet up with Ike’s buddy Jacob on Sunday.
5. Play in the rain. April showers are prevalent in the southeast. Being a normal girly-type I am prone to sitting on the couch and watching chick-flicks during this rainy time, but my mud-loving toddler must get some good splish-splashing in. He’s got a cool new raincoat in preparation for it.
6. Have a picnic. We do own a very nice, vintage picnic basket after all. That has been used exactly once. This will totally justify it’s retention. Plus this activity combines Ike’s two most favorite things; eating and outside.
Eat. Pick some flowers. The dog and Ike are pretty impressed with the wild flowers (weeds) around our house. They are also impressed with the grass and it’s assorted flavors. I think we’ll go and check out some real flowers though too.
8. Get wet. Cousin Mei’s favorite park the “yellow park” also known as Old Fourth Ward Park, has a pretty cool water feature. So does Olympic Centinneal Park. I think these would help Ike’s new aversion to bath time.
9. Drink some smoothies. Made with our fresh picked strawberries of course!
10. Take lots of walks. When all else fails, or mommy just runs out of time, Ike’s always down for a stroll around the neighborhood.