It's beginning to feel like spring here in Utah. Although we did wake up to snow just this past Saturday, today the sun is shining, birds are singing & it's about 60 degrees out. (I'm blogging from the backyard in a tee shirt & flip flops!) While 60 degress may not seem warm to some people, I'm just loving this teaser of a spring day.
This morning we went to story-time at the Main Library in downtown Salt Lake City where we celebrated the 40th anniversary of Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar by listening to a number of Eric Carle stories & making a hungry caterpillar of our very own. It's neat that Cassidy is finally to the age where she can attend things like this & actually participate, learn & have fun. (Admittedly, I also enjoy the chance to get out of the house & have conversations with people that are more than two feet tall as well.)
After story-time, we stopped at home to pick up Aunt Jenny & headed to the dentist. Our dentist doesn't see children for real appointments until they are 3 years old, but offered to have Cassidy come along for one of our appointments just to check it out before the real deal. I wondered just how I would manage to sit in the chair for a cleaning (or worse!) & keep her occupied & happy. Fortunately Jenny was kind enough to let us invade her appointment. We got to watch as the dentist "got the sugar monsters out" of her mouth & then Cassidy had a chance to hop in the chair to get her teeth counted by the hygienist. She did a great job - no crying or being scared. Perhaps the glove balloon & promise of a new toothbrush helped!
Leaving the dentist we did have a two year old meltdown. Yes, she is an angel & a beauty & wonderful & sweet most of the time, but I'm here to affirm that she does have a bit of a stubborn streak in her. To put it mildly. (Did I mention I'm reading a book called Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent & Energetic?) Genius Mommy managed to snap her, mostly, out of it with the tantalizing promise of a picnic in the back yard. We got home & whipped up a leftover surprise muffin tin meal & headed out to the back yard. Cassidy had a great time eating & playing, watering the flowers (or, rather the empty garden boxes!) & chasing the cats. Kalea giggled at her sister & got to roll around on the play mat for a little while before heading in for a nap. I wish the weather would stay like this forever!