Our Adventures in May

I promised to post more photos of Benjamin sitting. He’s getting very good at it; he can reach his arms out in front to play with a toy without losing his balance, and he can recover if he starts to tip to the side. We’re very proud of him!

May 6

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On Mother’s Day, we went to church, got interviewed about cloth diapers (see some footage from the interview here), and had a band concert. Jan and Elaina (from church) came to watch the kids, who were terrific. Phoebe obviously found the music…soporific.

Sleeping through our band concert.
Sleeping through our band concert.

Phoebe was proud of this configuration!

Phoebe plays with her magnaforms.
Phoebe plays with her magnaforms.

May 14

Wearing an old onesie of Daddy's.
Wearing an old onesie of Daddy’s.
Reading the spider book.
Reading the spider book.

May 16: Phoebe and Dave did some chalk drawing.

Check out Daddy's great caterpillar drawing!
Check out Daddy’s great caterpillar drawing!
And now Caterpillar is upside down!
And now Caterpillar is upside down!

May 18 we planned to go camping, but Benjamin got sent home from school that week with asthma/viral symptoms. Dave and Phoebe camped out in the backyard on Friday night instead. On Saturday morning, Benjamin got his first look at the inside of our tent.

Benjamin's first time in the tent.
Benjamin’s first time in the tent.
Surprised to be here!
Surprised to be here!

We had hoped to camp with the Wilensky/Berzanskis family (my friend Andrew from work, his wife Maggie, and their two kids), but the girls had a great time at the Wow! museum instead

Going to the grocery store.
Going to the grocery store.
Tilley and Phoebe play dress-up.
Tilley and Phoebe play dress-up.

May 19

Baking homemade pizza.
Baking homemade pizza.

May 20: More sitting.

Sitting with snake.
Sitting with snake.

Dave and I are playing summer softball on the Mount Calvary co-ed team. (Dave is also playing for the men’s team.) When we got to the game on May 22, it was lightning and pouring rain, but it stopped in time for us to win the game! Here the kids are sitting in the car with me while Dave checks on the weather.

Waiting for the rain to stop.
Waiting for the rain to stop.

On May 23, Phoebe was riding her Strider bike around the deck when she decided that Caterpillar wanted her to pull him in the wagon. She cleverly attached it to her bike all by herself! (It wasn’t quite as easy to ride afterward, though.)

Creative thought in action.
Creative thought in action.

On May 25, we finally got to go camping! We drove out to Angel of Shavano campground near Salida and found a nice site. Here Benjamin waits to be taken out of the car.

He's getting good at manipulating Sophie, who's a wonderful teething toy.
He’s getting good at manipulating Sophie, who’s a wonderful teething toy.
Yum, Sophie.
Yum, Sophie.

We spent most of the afternoon at camp before driving into Salida to pick up some wood and s’mores materials.

Benjamin, sit here while I get something out of your bag.
Benjamin, sit here while I get something out of your bag.
Silly!
Silly!
Sitting around camp in the Bumbo.
Sitting around camp in the Bumbo.

On Sunday, we had a nice morning in camp. In the afternoon, we drove into town again to watch some boaters and listen to bluegrass in the park. When we got there, we discovered a bouncy castle! You can imagine who was SUPER EXCITED about that.

Benjamin is trying hard to eat my sandwich.
Benjamin is trying hard to eat my sandwich.
Extra, extra; read all about it!
Extra, extra; read all about it!
A chilly camping evening.
A chilly camping evening.
Going on a pre-bedtime walk with Dad.
Going on a pre-bedtime walk with Dad.

Phoebe got the idea that she should make some mud in her bucket, but the water pump wasn’t working, so Dave took her to the creek. Here’s an interview about the mud. The loud sound in the background is Benjamin’s Albuterol nebulizer; he still had to take medicine, so we found a handy way to bring it along. (We plugged it into the power source for Dave’s telescope.)

On Memorial Day, we cleaned up camp and headed home to cook Indian food and finish our long weekend together. It was a lovely camping trip!

Our very good helper.
Our very good helper.
Helping Mommy pack up the sleeping bags and pads.
Helping Mommy pack up the sleeping bags and pads.

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