What a loverly Mother’s Day.

Justin let me sleep not ONLY on Saturday but on Sunday too in honor of Mother’s Day. I suppose he’s expecting the same treatment on Father’s Day weekend. Harumph. There followed a nice leisurely day where I managed to get some cooking for the babies done AND went to the park with these wild animals who acted like they hadn’t seen daylight in ten years.

I think this may be my favorite picture from the day.

We went to Indian Boundary Park, which is a little over a mile away from our apartment. It has the most amazing expanse of lawn…the greenest grass imaginable and plenty of room far away from the road so we don’t worry if they run as fast as their little feet will take them. Which they did. Their body language was all “THEY FINALLY LET US OUT OF THE BASEMENT!”

Parks are hard right now, though, because there are so many big kids running around. I don’t expect those kids to constantly be on the lookout for two slow-moving toddlers, and I wonder if it’s bad park etiquette for us even to bring them to the playground equipment and let them crawl. I must confess I don’t really know what proper playground etiquette is at this point and I don’t want to harsh anyone’s mellow, man, by inserting two toddlers into a scene what is clearly an arena designed for those who are five years and up. But they so love watching the big kids play — they’re mesmerized by it.

We did a little swinging, which they seem to have become slightly disenchanted with.

I so overexposed that one, can’t figure out how to fix it, but am posting anyway because LOOK AT THAT SWEET SMILE.

Emme was like a tornado running around all parts of the park. She climbed up on this bench herself and then celebrated with a little victory seat dance.

I LOVE how her face is mirroring her t-shirt in this photo. That shirt, by the way, is one of Justin’s very favorite items of clothing that she wears. We will be sad when she finally outgrows it.

It was such a nice day. That’s what our summer could be like, if I could only take them both to the park by myself. Wish I could figure out a way to do that. Electric ankle bracelets that shock them if they run more than five feet away from me? Hmm.

BTDubs, update on the shelf: the day after I wrote the post about them climbing up there, Jack started doing the FREAKIEST thing. He was just walking off the edge of it, as though empty space did not exist on the underside of his foot when he did so. And smiled at us as he did it. At first it was only when Justin was sitting beside the shelf, and we figured it was because he knew Justin would catch him. So Justin went across the room and then had to dash back over to him when he proceeded to do it again. It was really the weird expression on his face that was the strangest part — I described him as a lemming to my friend Wendi and she wrote this back to me:

“holy crap how does wikipedia know so much about lemmings?
“‘Actually, it is not a mass suicide but the result of their migratory behavior. Driven by strong biological urges, some species of lemmings may migrate in large groups when population density becomes too great.'”
this might mean jack was simply trying to migrate somewhere where there are less of you.”
And I must say, the population in this apartment strikes me as quite dense on some days as well, so perhaps, Wendi, perhaps.
Happy Mother’s Day to all you mommies!


Shannon - May 15, 2012 - 9:50 pm

Sounds like a PERFECT day! Love the picture of Emme with that shirt! Priceless!

Janie Hightower - May 16, 2012 - 10:00 am

I love all these pictures. Those of them running thru the beautiful grass are priceless. WISH YOU ALL WERE HERE!

Janie Hightower - May 16, 2012 - 10:01 am

P.S. Hold on tight to that wonderful husband you have!

Lara Jo - May 16, 2012 - 7:56 pm

WHY? Are you planning on STEALING him from me?

Janie Hightower - May 17, 2012 - 12:07 pm

Lucky for you, I already HAVE a wonderful husband.

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