The last two days, we’ve been visiting family. I took Isaiah and my cousins to the park to keep everyone busy yesterday. Everyone had tons of fun playing and I had some backup supervision for the littler ones from Sandra.
I took Isaiah and Azalea to play on the playground while Sandra ran around the half mile track a couple times with Luke. Isaiah loved the digging toy and kept calling it the “Bob the Builder digger”. He and Azalea are both too short to sit on the seat and touch the ground, so they needed help. For a while, they worked together, each holding one of the handles to scoop sand. Azalea lost interest pretty quickly, but Isaiah was determined to work with the toys. He tried a bunch of different approaches to use the digger and quite enjoyed himself.
Azalea loves the slides. There are two slides at this park, so she tried each. The first is straight and open. She climbed to the top of it, then was afraid to come down. She wouldn’t go alone or on Luke’s lap. I climbed up the ladder to talk to her about it. She decided that it would be okay to ride down on my lap and we headed down. She didn’t go on that slide again. She went down the twisted slide repeatedly. It’s completely closed over the top, so Isaiah wouldn’t even consider trying it, though he liked the open one.
When Sandra was too tired to run with Luke anymore, she sat down to rest and I took all three of the younger kids to walk on a shorter track. Isaiah and Azalea wanted to be animals, instead of just walking, so I ended up with a walking zoo. All three of them had a blast pretending to be all kinds of animals, moving like the animals and making their sounds.
We met back on the playground where Azalea and Isaiah dug in the sand with sticks and played on the swingset and Luke built a fort out of sticks in the sand. Luke’s water got swiped by a barely-walking toddler, so he felt a need to protect it and built a special “room” for his cup. We made sure to get a picture of the three kids inside the fort before we headed home.
I took Isaiah to another park today to help keep him busy. He loves this park because it has a little lake that usually has geese or ducks on it. There are fish in the water, though they usually aren’t visible in the murky water. Isaiah started throwing some small pebbles into the water to see the splash. After a couple minutes, some fish noticed him and started swimming up to see what was happening. He threw some grass, leaves and acorn tops to see if they’d eat anything and discovered that they like acorn tops. We had a huge group of fish, waiting for Isaiah to throw things into the water for them. All the fishers kept glaring because Isaiah was so loud and they thought he was scaring the fish away, but he’d actually collected all of them around him. He thought it was the best thing ever.
We spent a little time on the playground, too, but it wasn’t a good day for that. First, Isaiah wanted to play with some kids, but didn’t know how to join in. I told him what to do, then he came back to me, crying, a few seconds later, saying they didn’t ask the question I’d scripted him with. I distracted him by bringing him to another part of the playground, since the other kids were leaving. The other play area was much busier. The kids there were pretty mean to Isaiah, calling him names and pushing him aside. We finally decided to just head for home, since he was getting more and more upset at being teased.
**Note: Many pictures from yesterday were taken by Sandra, not me.