This weekend, our Fantastic Nanny Annette and I took the girls to the Children's Museum of Richmond. I knew it would get crazy crowded, so we got there right when it opened. Here are some highlights.
Viv on the Dinosaur
Elena working the Apple Tree (note; she has to start walking with her right and left, respectively, in the videos below)
Going down steps in the Treehouse. She wants one hand on the railing, and one hand held; I refused to hold her hand, as the steps were relatively small. I love the way her foot is mostly straight when she goes down--that was a LONG TIME COMING!
In this vid, her hand is too high when going down the second step. She still isn't confident to move her hand to the right place each time when doing steps, up or down. She'll get there!
We broke for lunch, and came back to play for a while. The place was PACKED by that time. There were a lot of kids asking Elena questions about her crutches/braces, and staring. None were mean; actually, some were quite nice. But E got tired of the questions. She stopped answering them. At one point, we were waiting for a Magic Show to start. We were sitting on the ground, waiting patiently (unlike some other kids). One very nice boy asked Elena "what happened to your legs?", in a very nice, curious tone.
WHOAH. I mean, my eyes got huge and I sat up straighter--E's tone was FINAL. That kid has a serious tone of voice!! The boy snapped right back around, almost scared to look at us. E's response was unexpected. But, in a way, I'm really proud of her, for letting people know that sometimes, it's not okay to ask questions. I was just a little shocked, that's all.
Overall, a great day, lots of great movement, and TONS of fun!!