Despite an absolutely glorious Easter weekend, the weather for the past few months has been typically wet and cold. While we're certainly not above going for a puddle walk or visiting the playground when it's sprinkling, we do end up spending a lot more time indoors trying to entertain ourselves. Lucky for us, Jonas is really good at playing independently with his cars and trains, which helps when you need to get some chores done. For the other times, we've been trying to encourage more creative play with art, playdough and other hands-on crafts. He is semi-enthusiastic about these projects as long as he doesn't have to get his hands too dirty :) We also take the sun-breaks when we get them and go out for a little digging in the garden (Jonas is helping with 'mole-holes' in the pictures here).
As someone who loves cooking and baking, I've been patiently waiting for Jonas to get old enough to help out. A recent rainy morning, we decided so make soft pretzels since they combine the worlds of cooking and crafting (and sounded really good for a snack). I used a recipe from a favorite cooking blog, and was a little disappointed that mine didn't come out looking as pretty, but Jonas and I had a lot of fun playing with real dough.
He also got the hang of rolling dough (when he says the word "roll" he puts a lot of emphasis on the end of the word so it sounds more like "rololo") and was happy to eat as many pretzels as I would give him. We spread them with peanut butter and it was a satisfying lunch.
Jonas has definitely gotten the hang of saying phrases now and can pretty easily imitate a phrase you say yourself (now is when we get more prudent about our own speaking, I suppose). The other day, he and Nick were out playing with a ball by tossing it up in the tree and letting it bounce back down to the ground. Jonas had been playing this game with our babysitter, Hazel, and had been lots of fun for the whole afternoon. However, when Dad was playing, the ball got stuck. After a minute of contemplation, Jonas remarked "Cut Down!" Nick asked if he meant they should cut the tree down to get the ball back and Jonas confirmed "Oh!" (Still can't quite say a "yuh" sound so Yes is "Oh" for the time being, which is confusing to others since it sounds so similar to No -- Fortunately, we are fluent in Jonas-speak). Nick was resourceful and got the rogue ball back with the tent pole so no trees were harmed.
We have some fun trips planned and hope to make lots of visits to the farmer's market to enjoy the early spring offerings. In fact, it's rhubarb season and I just made my crisp the other night. A bright reminder that good things are on the way.