We finally had a weekend nice enough to coerce us out of our winter hibernation. In honor of the nice, sunny day I pulled out this water table that a friend of mine gave us. After filling it with a bit of water, Penelope dove right into the business of playing.
The very, very serious business of playing.
Except for the repeated declarations of "Wawa!" Penelope worked diligently at moving water from one place to another.
When Penelope was soaked from the elbows down and we started losing sunlight, we called it a day.
The only problem is that now whenever we talk about water, Penelope immediately runs to the back door and begs for her "wawa" table.
And it is very difficult to say no to this sweet little face.
Let's hope we have some more nice days coming our way.
You leave the room for a minute and....
When we were playing in the living room with her baby dolls I made the mistake of mentioning that her baby doll needed a bath. As soon as I left the room Penelope made a beeline for the bathtub and took it upon herself to wash that doll from top to bottom.
The look of guilt.
It appears that the line between pretend play and reality is fairly fuzzy in the toddler years.
For our last day at Lake Travis with my family we went for a hike in one of the many nature preserves in the area (the name escapes me at the moment).
Penelope atop Daddy's shoulders
Trying to fit through the boulders crowding the trail
Uncle Trevor's ears proved to be the perfect handlebars for when the goings got rough.
(By the way, happy almost-birthday little bro!)
The warm 70 degree natural pool--the highlight of the hike
Penelope exploring the "grocks"
Cousin Evie taking in the view
The hike must have gone downhill after exploring the big pool because a few minutes after this picture Penelope was sound asleep in the Ergo, making this Mommy, who already had terrible hiking shoes on, very hot and and very tired and very nearly slip and fall several times due to the 30-pound dead weight attached to her.
We spent the week after Christmas lounging around with my family at a house on the shores of Lake Travis. It wasn't easy getting everyone's schedules to mesh, but for a day or two I think we were all together at the house at the same time.
(Dad-behind the camera, Mom, Evie, Jocelyn, Matt, Trevor, Ali, Penelope, Me, T.J.
Opening presents (for the fourth day in a row). Penelope pretty much had the hang of it by then.
Cousin Evie lending a hand
Penelope's favorite present was the doctor kit from her R.N. Aunt Jocelyn
Listening for Baby Mary's "ba-bump" heartbeat
Penelope made everyone line up for their checkup.
Penelope's other favorite gift was the cookware to compliment her new kitchen. "I'm gonna cook" is the phrase de jour at our house now.
My favorite gift is this cute little fabric doll house.
Penelope is particularly fond of the toilet.
Penelope and Grandma exploring the back porch of the lake house.
The EXTREMELY dangerous back porch of the lake house. (The house sat atop a cliff by the edge of the lake, and I was constantly scared that someone wouldn't lock the gate to the stairs and Penelope would decide to navigate the stairs down the cliff by herself.)
Lounging on the porch with Aunt Ali
Evie chewing on Evie
We took it upon ourselves to dress the cousins alike just as often as possible. (I now question the logic of this.)
The plaid get-up
Complete with matching bows
Hey little E!
The jammies ensemble, with complementing pacies.
More matching dresses.
And matching birthday suits
Penelope had so much fun spending time with family, especially Grandma and Grandpa.
Grandpa always tells such exciting stories.
Climbing trees with Grandma