After weeks of snow and more snow, and now this morning even MORE snow (I think around 8-10 inches and still going) it was a real highlight to find a place as tropical as we could here in our neck of the woods! Saturday afternoon we invited family to join us at the Butterfly House and Aquarium in Sioux Falls for a little taste of warm weather and family fun!
Nathan was shy at first, but after a few minutes fully embraced the opportunity to touch the slimy, wet sea cucumber, the bumpy purple and pink starfish and the prickly sea urchin. He had more courage than I did! They both stared intently at the aquariums as we pointed out different colored fish, both large and small. A small pool with sting rays swimming in circles was in the center of the area and it reminded me of Dan chasing them with our friend’s underwater video camera while we were on our cruise last fall!
The butterfly house was deliciously warm, and I dressed us all in layers to accommodate for such an environment. We stripped down to our t-shirts and walked the path filled with crumbly, fresh soil, green bushes and plants, flowers, a small waterfall and river with Koi fish and a handful of turtles, and breathed in the “fresh” warm air. After 20 minutes Natalie and I looked like we had fevers with bright red cheeks, so I had to exit and cool off a little before returning again!
I noticed that the size 3T t-shirt Dan had dug out for me that morning was quite short on Nathan, baring his belly button, and I thought to myself, I think he’s had a growth spurt! Sure enough, some of his pants are only going to his ankles! So this morning, after 8 inches of snow and Dan’s attempt to get to work and a return home after gently sliding in the ditch less than 4 miles down the road, he located the 4T bin in the cold attic, so I could start transitioning Nathan over! He is so tall and not even 3 years old yet!
In N&N news, the two of them now share a room, since we’ve transitioned Nathan to his “big boy” toddler bed, which he LOVES! Originally we were going to wait until his 3rd birthday, but this seems to be a good time. The first night went as we expected. Lots of giggling, and jumping, and getting out of bed. Dan would go in to tell them to go to sleep, and Natalie would be standing in her crib, see him, and then throw herself down. It was pretty funny! Last night was much better, but nap time is still a struggle. Yesterday was a l.o.n.g. day when neither of them fell asleep until after 3:30pm, when I had tried to put them down at 1:30pm!! Nathan kept waking Natalie up, and I finally had to take him out of the room, where he finally passed out on my lap reading books at 4pm.
Last night around 3am, I heard Nathan crying, and went to see what happened. He appeared to have fallen out of bed, but seemed fine. This morning when I went to get them out of bed, he had what looked like a rug burn on his nose and a small cut by his eye! I hadn’t seen it in the dark, and I have no idea how he got a cut, since the edges of the bed are round! It’s a mystery! But he’s not bothered by it at all, so that’s good!
Natalie is poised to walk. She uses our vacuum base as a walker and just giggles as she slides around. Her new favorite activity is pushing herself forward and backward on her little car while Nathan leads or follows in his little toy car. Dan tried to get her to walk a few steps to me, which she loved, but she giggles so much, it makes her a little wobbly in her balance! At least she’s not crying! She tries to say words like ‘hot’ and then blows on her food, as well as ball, Mama, and Dada. She’s also quite good at doing animals sounds like a cow and kitten and loves books that have flaps to open. The other morning she had climbed up into Nathan’s bed, where Nathan had a stack of books, and he tried to read to her! It was pretty cute!
I’m 20 weeks pregnant already, halfway there! I can’t believe it! July seems so far away on a snowy day like this! I’ve put up a couple more freezer meals in preparation!
And that’s the news from this nearly-walking-and-butterfly-house week on the farm!