Enjoying the winter sunshine
It was very cold today, but also sunny with a bright blue sky. With having colds (James has it now too) we’ve (or at least I’ve) felt cooped up in the house, in need of fresh air and more natural light. So this afternoon Andrew and I went out on an adventure (the way he says adventure is so cute, as well as the way he said, ‘Come on, Mommy, let’s go exploring!’ (which sounded more like ‘splornin’’) as soon as we were at the back steps (after about 15 minutes of playing with his bubble blower gun).
Recently I scored Andrew his very first, very own digital camera for $20 (regular almost double that), so it was fun to take that along with us. I took pictures with my camera, and helped him take pictures with his. It’s not very good quality, but for a first camera it’s great, and he loves the satisfaction of snapping the button and then checking out the image.
I didn’t want to take him to the park, since I didn’t want to run the risk of infecting other kids with his cold. But we needed that time out of the house, to see something new (even if it was within our familiar neighbourhood) and to just enjoy the day.
We came across lots of people with their dogs, or just people out for walks like us. Andrew isn’t the least bit shy, and says Hi and waves to everyone. I love it, because I like promoting saying Hi to people as they go by – having grown up in a smaller city, it was foreign to me when I moved this way and people weren’t as friendly as I was used to. Andrew even managed to get some people to say Hi who I suspect otherwise wouldn’t have, but who could resist that boy’s charm?!
We took lots of pictures of random objects with his camera, and I got some cute ones of him with mine. We were out for several hours just exploring the neighbourhood, and it ended up being a lot of fun. Not that we don’t do that on a regular basis – get out and about – but there was something special about this particular excursion. I guess we haven’t been doing as many nature walks given the cold weather, but I love knowing that spring is just around the corner, and we have so many days like today to look forward to.