The weather is turning to spring here and it is beautiful! As a result we are outside a lot and spring sports abound. Ayden Jane had school every day this week and something every night this week. That includes playground time at the soccer fields where Mckenna practices (story in a minute) horse back riding for AJ, 2 High School soccer games for Noah and a school program for Mckenna that Ayden Jane wiggled non stop through.
So what exactly does she do during these family activities? First up Mckenna's practice. It is a bit of a drive and Mckenna practices from 5:30 to 7:15 two nights a week. Yep, nearly 2 hours. The best thing is that there is a great playground there. It has several slides, lots of bars to climb, swings... (I will try to remember to take pictures one of these nights). Ayden Jane can make her way up all the ladders and bars by herself and other than one really steep, fast slide, she is pretty safe. Not that I stop her from the fast slide, it just makes me nervous. The faster the better as far as Ayden Jane is concerned! So at the last practice I was talking to a friend watching Mckenna and took my eye off Ayden Jane who was crawling through a tunnel... Next thing I know I hear a familiar voice calling Momma, Momma. I turned and sure enough, it was AJ. She had climbed the ladder to the monkey bars. You know, the type that you hang and go across. Climbing the ladder was not new, but hanging from the first bar with no hope of getting her feet back to the starting point was. I ran over and started to get her down. She yelled, "not down, just help me go across." I would say that she plays hard about 45 min. Then we have a snack of nuts or something. She will venture back out for another 20 min. or so til Mckenna is done. It is like an added hour to hour and a half of therapy 2 times per week!
Noah's High School games are a bit different. Obviously there is not a playground. For the most part of the nearly 2 hr game she will run up and down the handicapped ramp and climb the bleachers. We were there Friday night for a late game and she was still running around at 9:30 when the game ended. There are some other younger siblings that she plays with, but mostly she just enjoys being outside and running free.
Sat. we took the drive to Charleston for Mckenna's soccer games (2 of them). She was amazing. Any 3 year old would have the right to get fussy during a full day on the side lines not to mention the night she had before. She just made an adventure out of it. One field had some small bleachers so off she went to climb. The other field had woods on 3 sides so AJ "played in the woods". There was a small path and she went about 3 feet deep into the woods but thought she was deep in the black forest. She found sticks and dug in the dirt. She thought it was great. She also kicked balls with the other kids and played with her silly bands. Not a complaint from her all day.
Here we are at Sunday. She was great at church and I figured we'd get a big nap out of her today for sure. Nope. She was outside having so much fun with Mckenna and the neighbor boy on the trampoline I just didn't have the heart to make her come in. At 5 she asked to take a nap, but I took her to the playground instead. Too late to nap, too early for bed! She has mastered a unique slide where you wrap your legs around the outside, lean back and hope for the best. It starts higher than I can reach, but I was instructed by AJ to, "go away" and let her do it all by herself. I had to make her leave the playground at6:30. Here is hoping it won't all catch up to her tomorrow at school! Oh, or at the soccer field tomorrow night... here we go again.