Without a doubt, Margot’s favorite activity is reading.  Todd and I are somewhat ashamed to admit that we occasionally hide books from our sweet daughter after we’ve read them two dozen times and just can. not. stand. to go berserk one. more. time.

But, given her love for reading (and mine) it’s no surprise that one of our favorite places to spend time is at the library.  It doesn’t hurt, either, that our library happens to have an awesome children’s room full of toys and usually, also, other children.

On this particular evening, Margot and her Daddy took a trip to the happiest place on earth while Mama did some work at home.  Lucky for me (and you), because her Daddy always remembers to bring his good camera.

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Is it fall?

To say that today was unseasonably warm doesn’t quite come close to how spring-like it really was.   Margot certainly enjoyed the opportunity to be outside without me trying to force her to wear a hat OR jacket.

This kid likes to be barefoot and unencumbered by excess clothing.  She got that from me.  She also enjoys playing in the dirt.  She definitely got that from her Daddy.

She gave up putting handfuls of dirt in her mouth for the afternoon to play in a pile of leaves instead.

Gerlach Park

We have really been trying to take full advantage of the sunshine before it disappears completely during the cold winter months. Yesterday we set out to explore our own backyard.  Well, our figurative “backyard” not our actual one…

It’s our new mission to visit every park and playground in Ossining (there are many) and today Gerlach Park was on our radar.  We also drove through Cedar Lane Park, but since there is no playground there, Margot decided we should just enjoy the view from the (warm) car.

There is, however, a dog park, which all residents of Ossining are free to look at and talk about. (Nightvale? Anyone? Anyone? Am I the only podcast nerd around here?)

As you will see below, we couldn’t help ourselves taking tons of photos of Margot.  She is just such a joy to watch.  It is so incredible to see how her personality is really taking form.  Now that she has fully mastered walking (and running) she can engage in the world in a whole new way.  Her favorite thing to do at the park is to sit in the wood chips and “explore”.  We recently wrote an appeal to our families about buying presents for Margot.  In it, we asked that they really try to limit the number of “things” they give to her for the holidays.  As we watched Margot playing with handfuls of wood chips and acorns, the relevance of that message really struck us.  Maybe we’ll wrap up a box of acorns to put under the tree this year…