July 24, 2008

Outdoor Child

I remember as a child my mom always trying to get me to go out and play. I always wanted to stay indoors—playing video games, watching TV, reading books, coloring, etc. Ava couldn't be more different.

While her dad was (to his mother's chagrin) hopelessly an indoor child, Ava is without a doubt an outside child. She always wants to be outside. She cries when you make her come in.

Ava will often bring her shoes over to me—this is her way of saying, "let's go outside." She gets pretty upset if you play dumb, which I often try to do (once an indoor kid, always an indoor kid I suppose).

Despite my reluctance, I really do like taking Ava outside. If for no other reason than to see how excited she gets. The kid simply goes berserk over being outside. She thinks the wind is flirting with her. She laughs when dogs bark menacingly at her. And she never tires of marking her territory with her sidewalk chalk.

I'll often keep myself busy by pulling weeds while she runs around in the backyard. She'll sometimes take notice of what I'm doing and bring me little handfuls of grass she has diligently pulled up.

Another of Ava's favorite outdoor activities is pointing at ants. Thankfully she's hasn't yet tried to pick them up. Instead she laughs hysterically at them as though they're crawling around on the ground purely for her entertainment.

Who knows, maybe some of Ava's love for the outdoors will eventually rub off on her old man. At the very least, I suppose I finally have someone to go camping with (no offense Krista, but I think you're even less of an outdoorsman than I am).

12 comments:

Elissa said...

We love the outdoors too! But right now, its just too hot to go outside unless you go to the pool. Ava is so cute!

The Jones :) said...

Ava is adorable outside...but I hope these are older pics...since she's in jeans and a long sleeve shirt?? It's like 100 degrees out!! :) :) Good things she likes outside...maybe she'll rub off on her parents!! You guys are funny!!
-Becki :)

furrever said...

Yes, these pictures are old. From May actually. We're still trying to work through our backlog of pictures.

krista said...

Just so everyone knows: Though I may not love camping, I love being outside!

The Jones :) said...

Krista you make me laugh!! Camping can be fun...sometimes!! :) :) :)
-Becki :)

krista said...

I do love smores and sitting by the fire!

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed seeing Ava so grown-up since I last saw her. She wasn't walking at that time. As for being outside I don't like being confined either. I like feeling free. Thanks I really enjoyed it.

Anonymous said...

I forgot to sign my name. Yes We three are Sagittarians and we don't like the penned in feeling.(Ava,Krista and Grandma Polly). I don't like camping.

Anonymous said...

She is a total doll outside. She has learned how to open the door at our house and that's the first thing she wants to do--run outside. She is so excited to be outside discovering things. She loves all our water features and especially loves getting wet!--Granny O

LYDIA said...

Hi Krysta - This is Lydia Platt Greenwell. Your little girl is so cute - I love the name Ava. Hope all is well.

Rachel Stella said...

Wow! The last time I saw Ava she wasn't even walking. Guess she figured it out :) She'll probably be sprinting the next time I see her!

Secret Reader said...

Boo, you were pretty outdoorsy, remember how we all used to roller blade around the neighborhood? You can borrow mine and teach Ava to skate!

ps: for such an outdoorsy animal lover a teacup pig would be the perfect birthday present!