Saturday, September 18, 2010

"Baseball," WAY Day, and Counting

I'd been looking forward to this weekend for a while because I knew it would involve us doing absolutely nothing.  But the truth is, Morgan and I love to go.  At the last minute, we decided to go to DK's game Friday night.  I planned to skip this game because I knew I wouldn't have help.  My mom couldn't go, and my sister-in-law is in NC for the Bama/Duke game.   But we ended up going.  It wasn't bad at all!  Morgan sat through the entire first half like a sweet little child (thanks to freeze-dried fruit and a sippy cup).

Then Martha, her niece, and Little KJ came, and Morgan sat down like a big girl with him.

I knew it was coming soon, though:  she wanted DOWN.  I'm not sure if I've made this very clear on the blog -- Morgan loves to run and walk around and do her own thing in public places.  Many toddlers you see in public want to be held by their parents or hold their parents' hands. Morgan is NOT LIKE THAT.  She gets down and runs for it FULL SPEED and doesn't look back.  And she doesn't like when you try to hold her hand.  I heard one woman (in passing, as I was running after her) say, "Man, she's fast!" We sometimes pretend that we're leaving her.  She doesn't care.  She is my Little Explorer -- she has no fear. 

And that's cute and all, but sometimes (like at a crowded football game), not so much.  So we just happened to pass by the baseball field and I saw that it was unlocked.  A blessing, I must say!  That meant she'd have her own open space to run and do her thing.  AND SHE DID.  This is us all the way in the outfield under the scoreboard! 

She walked and ran that field like she owned it.

And then something happened that I believe has changed our lives forever.  She started playing in the dirt.  She played, and she played, and she picked up dirt and rocks and she threw the stuff all around.  Dirt was all in her hair.  Her shoes were ruined.  But she was happy.  So I was happy.  I could still hear the game loud and clear, so all was good in the world.

I'm sure last night was the first time she's ever been worn out enough to want me to carry her.  I think it was the first time I outlasted her!  Go, Mama!

Anyway, an email from a co-worker also changed my weekend plans of relaxing at home.  She'd heard about a little community fun day hosted by a local middle school, and was just sharing it with folks in our department.  Morgan and I don't pass up fun -- particularly when it involves stuff for kids.

So we got up this morning and headed to WAY Day, which seemed to promote literacy, wellness, and healthy eating.  They had a silly guy singing cute songs to the kids.  They had local farmers selling fruit and local companies giving away free stuff.  My favorite was a booth giving away free books for a donation.  And they had some good stuff.  The booth was sponsored by a literacy program called Better Basics. I read their pamphlet and loved their mission.  So much that I'm going to look into doing a little volunteering with them in the summer.  Other than this, there wasn't much for children Morgan's age.  So after getting a pic with this guy...

...we headed to a nearby park.  It was getting hot, so we didn't stay very long.

Here's that dirt thing again.  Oh, my.

She was not happy about leaving -- she never is.  But it was getting hot, and it was very much nap time.

I'll end with something I've been wanting to post for a long time.  Morgan has always liked to count, but I've never caught it on video.  When she was pretty young, she would count with our help.  She doesn't need our help these days, and it's funny to hear her do it all by herself.  She especially likes to count at night when she's fighting sleep.  She'll count over and over and sing songs over and over just to keep from going to sleep.  The lights are off in this video, so you can't see anything, but you can definitely hear the little monster fighting that sleep with numbers (counting sheep, perhaps).  Have a good week and weekend, everyone!


  1. We were thinking about going to Way day but got busy and missed it! That video is precious of Morgan counting! Way to go Morgan!

  2. The baseball field was calling her name, wasn't it. I have this fear when we have children that they will run like this and we will just be running behind them chasing them :) I loved hearing her count. too cute!!

  3. I enjoyed reading this, Gerri. Morgan is definitely an outdoor person. I'm impressed she count already!


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