As we begin drawing to an end of the summer (I don't count the summer as being over until the official first day of Fall on Sept. 21 - probably because I don't have school age kids yet) it gives me time to pause and reflect on all of the many "firsts" The Bear has done this summer.
The Pool: While her being in a big pool isn't a first, this summer she actually stood on the ground of the shallow end (it's 3 feet deep), she voluntarily got her hair wet (which is big deal for her), and jumped into the deep end into Daddy's arms. But of course, I never thought to bring the camera so I have no pictures to share with you. I'm hoping we may get at least one more warm day this year so I can get some pictures of her instead of this rain we've been having every day.
Bowling: Oh my gosh, does this girl LOVE to bowl! Unfortunately, the place where we tried bowling only had the ramp available 2 times and we tried bowling once without it but the ball was just too heavy for her to roll it down the lane. She still loves it and talks about it almost on a daily basis. Daddy says he's going to make her one (maybe out of PVC pipe) so we can try and go more often.
Movie Theatre: KBear, Daddy, Nana, Papa and I went with on her first experience at a movie theatre. We saw Cars 2 and she did really great. She got up three times (twice for potty breaks and once just to run up and down the long hallway) but for being at the theatre for 2 hours, I'd say she did awesome!
Haircut: Bear got her first haircut the night before her third birthday party. If you missed those pictures, here's a link back to them.
Mini Golf: It just so happens that mini golf is an activity that both the Hubs and I really enjoy so I was very excited to take The Bear to play mini golf and check out their kids play area. She did ok with the mini golf. It was hard for her to understand how to stand sideways to the ball and how to hold the club. She also got a bit too impatient to hit the ball from the start of each hole so we ended up just walking up to the cup of every hole and hitting the ball in. She HAD to hit the ball in herself and sometimes that took several tries so that got her a bit frustrated but we probably did 15 out of the 18 holes. I think next time we'll only do 9 holes - that might help. The other two things she did that really made me proud is go down the HUGE, fast slide with my friend's niece AND she rode on the train ALL BY HERSELF! I can't begin to tell you how proud I was!
The Carnival: While visiting Nana and Papa during Labor Day weekend there happened to be a neighborhood carnival going on. They had three kiddie rides available but only two of them allowed an adult to ride with her and of the two, she really only liked one (which she rode twice - once with Nana and once with me.)
Raspberry Picking: Also during the Labor Day weekend, the family all drove up north to our favorite apple orchard to indulge in apple cider doughnuts, pumpkin fudge, Jonamac apples, and fresh picked raspberries. I had hoped to go apple picking but it was just a bit too early for that so we had to get a pre-picked half peck from the barn (they're still delicious, just not picked by us). Thankfully we were able to pick raspberries though and that was a HUGE hit with the Bear. She probably ate an entire pint herself while the rest of us tried to fill our buckets faster than she could eat them. Needless to say, there was a seriously upset tummy later (which was also a first for her) but she's eaten raspberries since then and there were no residual side effects so thankfully I think it was just a fluke.
Sidewalk Chalk: The Bear loves to draw on the chalkboard side of the easel she got from Great Grammie and Grampie for Christmas last year but I don't love the dust the chalk makes. (I know, I know, I need to get some dustless chalk). So I figured, let's take that chalk outside where it make all the dust it wants and I don't have to clean it up. Turns out, she LOVED it! (In fact, we went out and did it again today when the clouds finally parted and we saw that elusive sun.) We drew pictures, I made outlines of her laying on the sidewalk and one of her favorite things to do was draw a line on the sidewalk, jump as far as she could, draw another line, jump, throw her chalk, run to go get it, and say "Hopscotch!" Lol! Today I drew a legitimate hopscotch for her and while she didn't jump on one foot, she did really great jumping on the actual hopscotch. However, I have to admit, I definitely enjoyed watching her play her version better.
All things said, I have to say this has been a truly wonderful summer. There have been some major stresses but we've come out on the other side just as positive as ever.We're thankful as always for our precious little girl and all the joy she brings to our lives. We love you, Bear!