Winter is coming, and it's making me nervous. Last winter Sloane had just started crawling and didn't have any desire to drag her self around in the cold wet snow, but now she is an active toddler who asks to go outside almost every morning. What will we do in the winter? She is still too small to sled or build snow forts, but big enough to want to explore. And lets get to the root of the problem here: I hate being cold. What will we do...HOW will we survive!?
In efforts to face my fears head on, we decided to check out the nearby Ralph Klein park on this grey and chilly day. We put on several layers of long sleaves and gigantic scarves, I brought hot tea, Sloane brought a yellow rake, and we embarked. I realized after (while editing these photos) that baby gloves are now at the top of my shopping list. Her pitiful red hands!! (spending the afternoon trying to recover from mom guilt)
We have officially made the big life change of tapering down to one nap a day, and it's exciting! We tried this a month ago and it didn't make sense for either us, and suddenly now it does. I say this just because child development is really fascinating: a difference of a few weeks can make all the difference in a little one's brain. While it takes a little more effort, having 3-4 unbroken hours to go on adventures in the morning is pretty great.
Ralph Klein park is a wetland and education centre on the southeast edge of Calgary, and it felt particularly sparse on this overcast day. The quiet, reflective lines of the pond on which the centre sits were beautiful, though, and somehow seeing things through Sloane's eyes helps me see the good side of most things.