June 24, 2012

Nature Center

On Saturday we decided to head over to the El Dorado Nature Center for some much needed family time.  We've been there many times before, but not since Annabelle has been walking more independently with her walker.  She was so fascinated with the turtles that I wondered if we would actually get past the first bridge to see anything else.

She loved exploring in the indoor center as well and we were so pleased with how open the space was.  Most areas were accessible to her all by herself or with little assistance from myself, Branden or Benjamin.  Jack was head down in the computer learning about all kinds of bugs and such so we rarely saw him.  Ben on the other hand wanted to show Annabelle EVERYTHING!  She followed him around the whole place - at least twice.   

I have found that it can be a real struggle finding fun places to go as a family where everyone's needs can be met.  I'm excited to share that we had a really great time exploring, learning and walking around together.  Although, the boys would have preferred to have been on the other (non-paved) tail they knew that this was the only one that Annabelle could maneuver on her own so they didn't complain (too much) and they were actually super great about encouraging her along trail.  I'm pretty confident that this was the farthest she has ever walked in one stretch.  We were all so very proud of her.  Here's a quick little video of her walking and talking along the trail.

Days like this are just wonderful.  If only every day could be this great.   
We decided to buy the annual pass so we could return anytime we want to.

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