We’ve been busy climbing and splashing and creating! Claire had a total of three weeks of swimming lessons. She is still shy about getting her face in the water and going under water, but she had a blast with her teachers. She very specifically insisted on lady teachers “because they are more gentle.” (She had a man the first day and cried, and refused to even allow a man to put her into the pool.) She practiced floating on her back and kicking…
…and jumping into the instructor’s arms.
We’ve also been playing with our food:
One day Claire asked for a knife and began slicing up pepper slices I’d given her. Once she cut them all, she ate them. Never before had she asked to do this, and she demonstrated real dexterity at cutting. That brain of hers is always growing!
Yesterday we took a day trip to Mount Madonna County Park. It’s a gorgeous park, and they also have campgrounds, which we may reserve for later. Here’s the scenic view of the valley:
And up-close views of beautiful mosses and lichen:
We saw California banana slugs:
And a Santa Cruz Gartersnake basking in a spot of sun:
The redwoods are amazing:
These were the Twin Giants:
We had fun hiking the trails:
We visited the Henry Miller Summer Home ruins, and Claire hopped around:
A view from within the former house:
Claire had many questions about the former house and why no one took care of it anymore:
We walked and walked, and later she had a nap on the way home:
We’ve played with paint and paper plates:
And we’ve started collecting our spare change in a jar which we decorated. We’ll empty it periodically and use it to donate to the food bank, or the Family Giving Tree, or some other worthy organization.
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