"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Saturday, December 15, 2007

The Met

Having not seen the light of day all week, or our friends for ages, we accomplished both by meeting at the Met on friday. I took waaaay too many photos as I was experimenting with my camera in manual mode and all the tricky indoor lighting. Somehow my only "group" shot was the back's of these five monkeys as they played on the percussion wall.Caden spent loads of time at the train table. (He's going to be thrilled with his gift from Grandma Donna this Christmas.)Every so often he'd break for strolling around with his baby.Or a pony ride... Or to play firefighter turned secretary.Simone humored me as usual and posed endlessly, if not a bit manically at times.Caden followed her lead and took his turn hamming it up in the window too.

Gabriel didn't slow down till the end of the day when he arranged all the dinosaurs atop the digger and I managed to get a shot.
Sliding down the fire pole solo was Simone's biggest accomplishment of the day.And I'll end it here before I sneak in any mention of other pole-related activities that may or may not have gone on later that evening. Oops too late.

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