Saturday, May 31, 2008

I want to play!

This has been the week to play in all kinds of ways.
Monday was at my sister Carol's place. Carol has been planning for a while the activities we could do during this week. She has a 5 year old son and a less than 2 year old and could imagine our lives pretty well!

Then we tried out the free kids night at Friendly's restaurant and met up unexpectedly with a childhood friend of mine. We are staying not far from where her family lives now, so that was the site for a visit this afternoon.

And we went to a small local zoo. The boys ran through it pretty quickly. They could not get as close to the animals as they would have liked. But the water fountain they could interact with! Still quite the new attraction for them.

We also went to "town playalot" which is a large indoor play area for kids with about anything imaginable for kids up to about 8 years old. Our boys tried just about everything- from one to the next to the next. There were many outfits to try on- dressing up as different characters, but there were only 2 or 3 that our boys could really identify with.

Then tonight is was Chuck E Cheeses night - restaurant with play area. That is a recipe for overstimulation for adults much less kids, but our boys had a blast of course!

David is thriving and his little cheeks have filled out- I bet he has put on 3-5 pounds since we arrived. And he keeps saying he wants to play! And Erik is also very interested in Play of course. He is a bit more guarded about interacting with other children, but less so than he used to be.

We hope they keep warming up to playing with others rather than just along side of them so the English language learning happens over the summer. Because they have each other they still use Lithuanian quite a bit. But they also are understanding more and more and once in a while, repeating what we say in English.

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