When we were in Maryland I wanted to take advantage of the outdoor space and do a little pumpkin decorating. I decided not to carve pumpkins for a few reasons (mainly: toddlers and knifes) so instead I picked up some paint and let Adelaide go to town. She generally hates getting messy, so I was nervous she’d even participate.
Before we got started I had to run back inside to grab something, and come back out to Adelaide literally sitting in the bucket of water I’d brought out for us to clean our hands.
During pumpkin painting, she was interested in painting for about three minutes, then spent the rest of the time trying to get back into the bucket.
^^This dog literally lives for the sun. The hotter, the better. Lives for it. He’s such a good dog, I can’t even tell you. He is so good with Adelaide, so gentle with her. She is definitely not gentle with him, but he just takes it in stride. As much work as it is to have a dog in New York, he makes it so worth it.
^^Her favorite part of getting dirty – getting clean again.
^^ Getting upset that I wouldn’t let her get in the bucket of dirty water. Mean mom.
We also painted a fake pumpkin because it’s easier for apartment living. Year after year, our pumpkins go bad so quickly. Then there are fruit flies inside the apartment building and it’s gross and no one’s happy. I figured the fake pumpkin would not only “stay alive” but also be a sentimental item we can pull out year after year, to remember our sweet little girl and her abstract art.
I’m loving the holidays even more this year with a toddler. She can participate more and actually get involved. I’m pretty sure I’ve already figured out her Christmas gift, and now it’s an internal battle with myself to wait two more months to give it to her.