Elijah and I have been venturing out a lot more in the last few weeks. April had some amazing days, and the best part of all was the fact that we don’t have to layer up as much anymore. In fact, many days I dressed Eli too warmly and he runs around until his cheeks went bright pink. I forget that he burns a lot more energy than me when we are out there. He’s running around trees, in-between bushes and under low hanging branches… but I’m just following at a walking pace, so I’m not getting as hot as him. We are not quite down to t-shirt weather, but there certainly have been some warm days where we could have been. Unfortunately Elijah sleeps through the hours where I’d most like to take him outside (roughly midday until about 3:30pm).
Eli is in a stage of “run as fast as you can from mommy, especially when she is calling your name”, and trust me, he NEVER returns to me when I call out for him. Of course, this is frustrating since sometimes he is heading straight for danger so I have to sprint to get to him, but we are working on this. I know that keeping him, almost exclusively, indoors for the whole winter probably hasn’t helped. It almost feels like he now gets so excited to be outside that he doesn’t want to listen to me in case I am calling him to make him go back inside.
I really enjoy watching Elijah explore. If the garden area wasn’t so big I could sit down and let him roam, but he often heads toward the main gate, and he also runs into the driveway, so I have to follow behind him to make sure he stays out of danger. When he is among the trees and bushes, I enjoy taking pictures of him. This is a good time for me to practice doing what I love, taking pictures, and also to observe my most favorite muse. A win-win situation!
That tongue is almost always out when he is concentrating and exploring! It is hard to get a picture of Elijah looking at me. He is very focused – and, as I mentioned above, he doesn’t really respond to my calls.
I love how Elijah ducks under the low-hanging branches. He bends his knees, lowers his head and almost closes his eyes. It is adorable. With my newest lens (a 135mm prime lens) I am actually quite far away from Eli while taking these pictures. This helps me capture some moments I would otherwise not be able to. Often when I get closer to take a picture, Eli will think I’m chasing him and he will giggle and run away.
When his tongue isn’t out, he is often biting his bottom lip. As you can see, he was being playful at this time of the above shot. Perhaps even giving a hint of attention to mommy. It isn’t always easy to capture those moments in pictures. Toddlers are FAST! Most of the time, when we get outside, he is off running… “Freeeeeeedom!!!!”
You can probably expect a lot more “Playing Outside” posts because we are beyond thrilled that we are now entering the upper-20s, and on some days the skies are bright blue with puffy white clouds. Oh wow, the things we will never again, in all our life, take from granted after living in China. Blue skies are now a big blessing, and definitely something that puts a smile on my face.