Learning to Ice Skate

During out trip to Dallas, TX over Spring break, we all tried out ice skating for the first time (except for Angela, who had been once before). Ainsley really took to it, skating around the rink on her own…

Learning to Ice Skate

…and holding hands with her mom or dad.

Ladies Couple Skate

Playing Goldie Blox

Ainsley received a Goldie Blox from Santa for Christmas last month. We’ve played it together a couple of times. Tonight she asked Angela to play it with her and decided to actually break out the book and read the story (mostly to teach Angela how to do it).

Just after posting that photo, a friend asked how we liked it because she was considering getting one for a young relative. Ainsley said:

I like it a lot. I think a 5 year old will like it because it’s fun & it can spin. And the book is really good.

Meeting Her Favorite Actor at WizardCon

Pony Fans & Tara Strong

Ainsley and I waited in line to meet Tara Strong &emdash;the voice of Twilight Sparkle on MLPFM. Ainsley was being pretty shy about meeting her when we got to the table, but Ms. Strong was very friendly to her, talked to Ainsley in one of her (many!) voices, took pictures with us all, and signed some photos.

‘Lil Maker

Lil Maker Ainsley

Ainsley asked if she could build a project out of wood, with nails. I explained she’d need to make some plans first. Well, she took it upon herself to plan out the entire project, step by step. She then worked on all the steps methodically.

Welcome Home, Baby Brother

Ainsley has already been a wonderful big sister this past week. She points out Wyatt and says "Baby" as well as being very gentle when touching his hands or head. She even brings her mommy socks and blankies for Wyatt when he’s being fed!
Hi, Baby!
Ainsley climbed into the chair with Angela and Wyatt as soon as we got home from the hospital.

There, There Baby
Ainsley patting Wyatt’s head as he sleeps.

Siblings Staring
Ainsley and Wyatt watching one another.

Exploring New Toys

Ainsley’s always been a smiley, playful baby. However, in the past few weeks, she’s been particularly curious and playful. She loves to grab for things (anything that isn’t nailed or glued down, actually) and inspect it. She’s getting to finally play with some toys that were given to her some time ago (many before she was even born, actually). This morning, Angela got a couple more out of her toy chest for her to learn with. Here, she’s finding the different shapes inside the toy jar, pulling them out one at a time, and carefully inspecting each.

Buckets of Cute

Buckets of Cute, originally uploaded by super-structure.

Here she’s playing with her ring stack toy. As with the bucket, she didn’t figure out intended method of play (placing the rings over the posts or putting the shapes in the proper holes on the jar). Instead, she just explored and played with the shapes and rings as she saw fit. I think inventing her own form of play, however simple, is just as important as figuring out the "rules" of each toy; at least for now.

Ainsley Learns a New Toy

Angela also got in on some of the playing. Ainsley enjoyed shaking the rings (they have various rattles and such in them). She got a real kick out of placing them on her feet, though, as she loves to play with her feet.

Angela and Ainsley Playing