Along with our usual hikes in Forest Park, of which there have been quite a few, we've done some more biking. We logged one 15-mile trip on the Springwater Corridor bike trail with our friends Mary and Rowan. She had Rowan up front, and I had Liesl up front and Seb pedaling behind. It was super fun to ride for a distance, and to ride with friends. Yesterday we drove out to the town of Banks, and rode the Banks-Vernonia rail trail for 12 miles up into Stub Stewart State Park. (Six miles uphill on the way out!) I'm proud of Sebastian's stamina, and really happy about how much he loves to ride. It's triggered his interest in riding his own bike too, so he's been tooling around our block and around the school track.
Our afternoons are generally spent outside, either at the school field or playground across the street or in front of our house. We've been doing a lot of throwing and kicking - soccer, basketball, tennis, baseball, frisbee - along with riding bikes (L now fits her balance bike) and racing each other (or the clock).
Seb had a sports camp for three days last week, which produced a lot of anxiety beforehand and a lot of pent-up bad behavior afterwards. He was nervous about the whole thing, and found it hard to sleep, and then had a terrific time, but was so exhausted from playing and interacting and behaving himself (and the lack of sleep) that he just had epic meltdowns. Epic - it was one of the worst weeks ever - he had hour-long tantrums of crying and screaming and throwing himself on the floor. The low point was last Sunday when he had a very public tantrum in Pioneer Square that ended with Steve carrying Seb, crying, down the block and packing him into the car. It was pretty bad. Fortunately, we seem to have passed through the crisis and he's returned to his usual self this week. On the bright side, he loved meeting other boys his age and playing sports, and I loved having some personal time with Liesl to play, walk, meet up with friends, and just hang out.
And finally - the garden. I picked our first produce this afternoon - some lettuce, spinach, and chard leaves. They're delicious, and I'm hoping those little plants (along with our kale) keep producing lots of greens for us. Something (I suspect slugs) is eating our pole beans; the carrots haven't come up yet; the cute little purple eggplant is turning brown and squishy on the end - but overall I'm pleased so far with our garden experiment. Seb loves to water and weed. Liesl wanders around the garden talking to herself, us, the plants, the gnomes, and bunny Fufu, playing her games and generally enjoying herself.