Of course, we have not been taking this beautiful weather for granted. We have discovered that Ellie loves playing outside, so in addition to our many beach trips that I have shared with you ad nauseam, we have been spending lots of time enjoying the great outdoors.
My pretty girl enjoying a little evening play time in the backyard
We have started taking daily walks in the morning to start off our day...
Out for a morning stroll
...and have been bike-riding whenever we can...
Ready to ride!
Stopping to smell the roses, so to speak (or more accurately, to enjoy the lovely scenery and perfect weather)
...we have played in the sandbox...
Daddy, Ellie and Achilles playing together
Ellie in the sandbox
Playing in dirt and eating rocks. Good times.
Meanest Mommy ever won't let her actually ingest rocks. Poor baby!
...spent LOTS of time crawling around on the deck...
She moves just as quickly on concrete as she does on carpet! She just ends up with more scraped knees as a result.
Chasing a bird
...and had some fun with the rocks lining the patio, and did some Cozy Coupe-ing...
VIDEO: Ellie playing outside, including filling her onesie with rocks
Putting rocks in a bag
Cruising in her Cozy Coupe!
...smelled (and picked) lots of gardenias...
One of my favorites.
The kids catching some rays
Keeping an eye on the backyard
"Hi, Achilles!" He just can't seem to shake her.
...went to a "sprayground" in Dunedin with friends...
She loved it.
...and spent lots of time downtown.
Left: at the Pier with Grammy; Right: Hanging out with Mama
My love in the grass with the Pier behind her
I have really been grateful for such nice weather and the ability to get out and stretch our legs. Ellie loves all these outdoor activities and being able to let her crawl through the grass (or at the beach, or in the backyard) has been great as she also loves to explore. I know soon the weather will become oppressively hot and outdoor time will have to be limited to mornings and late afternoons to avoid the most severe heat of the day, or, will have to involve lots of water play. But we're certainly not complaining about any of that, and at least for now, Ellie is having a ball!