My husband & I have always agreed that if we could make a few minor changes in our favor, we would just pack all our shit up & move right to the country. We both love the outdoors so very much & really do spend every moment we can out there. I mean, the thought of having an excessive amount of land to run free with a herd of kids is way too appealing to both of us. We have had the conversation more than once, it’s obviously the lack of a Target or a mall close enough that’s really holding me back. 😉
Waverly Maye is no different, being “out-side” is her happy place. So much so that recently, getting her inside for a bath or dinner has become pretty painful. You know, those moments that end in the legs flying kind of meltdowns (tell me we aren’t the only ones who have experienced those). So in an effort to keep everyone’s sanity, my husband spent all last week constructing a screened-in porch right off our kitchen. It has her playhouse right in the center of it, all of her favorite toys, & best of all, a door with a latch. We call it the “Waverly cage”, anything for our outdoor girl.
This past weekend, we had a birthday party at a local farm that we were obviously so excited for. I knew Waverly would love it & the icing on top of the birthday cake was that we actually had our rehearsal dinner there for our wedding. How perfect to take our “spirited” sweet girl back & let her wander free, explore, & play with the animals all morning long. We had the best time. 🙂
With all this extra time outside lately & way more opportunity for Waverly to be the wild child she is, I am both impressed & scared out of my mind daily. She has learned to climb like a bad-ass & does it all of the time, loves to swing but only with her head laid all the way back to add in the extra fear-factor, & while the other kids at the park are timid at the slides, I have to literally hold her back from not barreling down them by herself. We have had more than our fair share of falls (like maybe 10 a day), she is now rocking quite the collection of cuts & bruises to go along with her wardrobe. And on a side note, lately each time she falls she immediately says “I sorry”. It’s so completely adorable & obviously always melts me. I can’t even believe how many new words she is learning by the day (& maybe even the hour), it really reminds me that we need to check ourselves & the nonsense we are saying around the house now. That “I sorry” could turn into “Oh shit” really quickly.
I love her so much & can’t wait for an entire spring & summer outdoors with her. The countdown to my summer break begins now (acceptable, right?), it’s 9 weeks & I am one happy mama.
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