Two weeks ago my sister took Mooch for a sleepover at her house, and Bean and I found ourselves with a whole free day, just the two of us. I've become slightly obsessed with the Play At Home Mom blog and their simple philosophy to encourage learning and emotional growth through creative play. A theme with all of their posts is letting your child take the lead and trusting in their instincts. So I asked Bean, what do you want to do today? You get to be the boss today. And she said, go to Longwood Gardens and eat cookies and play in the fountains, then have a picnic in the living room.
Yes, we can get a stroller so you can rest your little feet.
I think I had as much fun playing in the fountains as she did - you forget how fun it is to paint with water
Yes you can paint with water on the walls (Longwood has amazing volunteers!)
Yes you can take pictures with the camera to show me your point of view.
Yes we can eat cookies by the fountains and you can take my picture, and pictures of other interesting things ...
Yes you can help me pull up veggies for dinner when we get home
... and then have your dinner in a tent in the living room while watching Jumanji with Mommy. I love you, baby girl.