Playing with bubbles in Meghan's backyard (apologies to Crispin for Dashiell's hand in front of his face)
Over the past couple of weeks (excluding today) summer finally arrived on the east coast, and it's been excellent! Since Dashiell is still napping a lot during the day we don't have a ton of time to get out an enjoy the sun but we do what we can. We've been to a petting zoo, a public pool, an outdoor concert, plus birthday parties and other fun friend-based activities. We tried to go berry picking on Monday with Meghan and Crispin but alas, the farm we wanted to go to didn't have Monday hours. After spending time frolicking in the grass in front of the farm for a while (and getting the evil eye from passers-by who seemed to think we had something to do with the farm being closed), we ended up hanging out over at Meghan's house in the yard instead, which was also fun. Meghan made the comment about how our guys just keep getting more and more fun, and I have to agree. Sure we have the occasional whining fit, but it is nothing compared to his joyful laugh and playful smile--which are thankfully much more frequent occurrences! Every piece of furniture, doorway, or tree is an opportunity for peek-a-boo, and how can you go wrong with that?
I think I've neglected to mention in previous posts that Dashiell has said actual words recently! Daddy of course was the first, long ago, and we get some "mamas" here and there, but he's also said pizza, cookie (I swear we don't only feed him junk food!), clock, and I know I heard papa in reference to grandpa Hanson, though no one else has heard him say this. He'll also say hello if you put his "phone" to his ear (the phone is a wooden block, but hey it works!). It sounds kind of like "ai-loo" but you can tell he means hello. If he wants to read Dr. Seuss' ABC's, he says "E-E-E", which is the cutest, really. He's got a few animal sounds down, too (thanks to Sandra Boynton, Dashiell think pigs say lalala...). More and more fun, to be sure!