Textbook Spring

noun The season after winter and before summer, characterized by the budding of trees, growth of plants, the onset of warmer weather, etc.

Today was a textbook Spring day. The morning was cool, a light breeze drifting through the open windows and we started out in light jackets. By the time ten o’clock rolled around, they were abandoned for light short-sleeve shirts.

Lorelei ran around the playground, exploring. There were slides to climb up to and swings to be pushed on. There was a fountain that sprayed jets of icy water for her to play in.

Fig 1: Ice cold refreshment

For whatever dumb reason, I forgot to pack Lorelei’s sippy cup this morning. Fortunately, a quick stop at Starbucks for my coffee IV – thanks for the early wake ups the last two days, kid – I was able to procure her a cup as big as her and a straw. Also, she is always trying to steal my drink; so this had an added bonus of distracting her from that mission.

Fig 2: The big swing

She was terrified of this thing. For the first few minutes of the experiment she held on to the back of her playgroup buddy’s shirt. That quickly morphed into crying. We did not try the big swing again.

Fig 3: The fountain is spotted


Upon arrival, the fountain had not yet been turned on. You’d better believe that the second she realized that it was and that gasp the other kids were playing in it, she made a beeline for it. I started by removing her shoes and rolling up her pants.

Fig 4: Water Baby

It quickly became apparent that she was going to get soaked from head to toe no matter what I did. The shirt came off in a desperate attempt to have at least one part of her be dry when we left the playground.

Note to self: change of clothes and sham-wows must be in the diaper bag at all times.

Fig 5: Soaking up the sun

Post-fountain, once her top half had dried – her bottom half was still soaked and she so wonderfully used my white shirt to help her dry that off – she sprawled on my lap and enjoyed a few more rays of sunlight before it was time to head home.

It was a very good day.


About Kirsten

Wife, mother, writer and all around knerd. Maker of cookies, scarves and really big messes.

Posted on April 13, 2011, in Notes and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. heeheeheee, l looks like a grumpy old man in that first photo. and in the 4th one, too.


  2. Bradleigh Shapleigh

    These are adorable pictures! That playground looks just about perfect – is that astroturf? It looks very bouncy!

  3. Alicia Lewis Finlayson

    Great pictures. Isn’t it wonderful to be able to spend time outdoors after a long and cold winter? I LOVE spring.

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