Monday, April 28, 2008

We've created a monster!

I've often wrote about how we want our kid(s) to grow up loving the outdoors rather than the TV. We weren't so adamant about spending time outside in the winter because Carson had just started to walk, so with the snow - he couldn't really walk around. We would bundle him up in the stroller but between you and me, I'm not a big fan of the snow either, so outside time was limited.

But, since the beautiful weather has come, we've been outside. All.The.Time. Jeff takes him out every morning before daycare, him and I play outside after daycare (and our caregiver normally has them outside between 3 and 4 hours a day) while I'm making dinner (and/or Jeff is BBQing) Carson is playing on the back deck, and then the whole family normally goes out after dinner. The other day when it was raining, I just threw on his raincoat and he played outside (I was a wimp and sat in the garage while he ran around the driveway)

This morning Jeff was leaving before us and as soon as he opened the garage door, Carson beelined it from the kitchen and ran to the front door, sat down on the stair leading to the porch, and waited for me to put his shoes on. I wasn't quite ready to leave, but just threw my stuff together and out we went. We chased a cat across 5 lawns. If he sees anyone leaving the house, that's it, he just wants outside and it's not easy to convince him otherwise. Sometimes if we want to stay inside a little longer in the morning, we close the back curtains so he can't see outdoors (we hope the whole out of sight out of mind thing works for him). And he loves his hat, if you ask him where it is, he runs to the front hallway and finds his hat and tries to put it on his head. He's just never been in the sun without one.... it's so true that kids just get used to everything!

I hope he stays like this.

1 comment:

desajair said...

It's awesome isn't it? Kailey stands up at the patio door and pounds on it saying "HI! HI! HI!" until we let her out. And when she's sitting on the step while I get her coat and stuff on, she lifts her feet and points her toes for me to put her shoes on. Kids a freakin' hilarious.