One benefit of living in the Pacific Northwest during this time of year is the amazing weather! True story, folks, it doesn't always rain in Seattle! And when the sky is clear, I would wager there isn't a more beautiful place in the USA.
Anyway, when those two benefits combine, there's no place I'd rather be than at the park ... chasing after my Charlotte Jane.
We started at the playground where CJV climbed every imaginable surface - stairs, ladders, slides ... all in about a five minute span. Then she chased birds into a huge open field. She soon gave up on the birds and just took off running with reckless abandon - this is her happy place. A place that gets even happier as she scoops up handfuls of dirt.
Eventually I managed to trick her into racing me back to the playground. I love that about this age ... my ability to make doing what I want her to do seem fun!
Back at the playground it was time to go underneath everything in her path. Don't you know "climbing over" was so 30 minutes ago!
I struck a deal with her. Come give mommy a hug and take one more picture ...