there's a park within walking distance (a long walk, but back road so it's still "walkable") from our house. it looks about 50 years old (in style and equipment), it's in a normal neighborhood and seems to attract random people. i like it. it's the best we have around here and mary seems to enjoy it. it has some benches and great shade so there are a lot of people hanging out there. mary loves that part about it... she interacts with everyone... like the random man below. we were eating our lunch on a bench and she walked over to this guy and motioned for him to help her up. and then they chatted.
and these random people that she hopped on the merri-go-round with. and then they asked to take a picture with her... another very normal occurrence for us these days. there are hundreds of pictures of my kids floating around people's phones. funny. mary plays along and says "cheese!"
in other news of mary, there were three milestones that we needed to cross when we got here. getting mary into a real bed, getting rid of her paci (more on that later) and getting her potty trained. one down! she got a big girl bed! finally! she seems to love it. she calls it her "bid-durl-beh" and is very excited about it. she has only gotten out of it once (in the middle of the night and i think she might have still been quasi asleep).
next up is potty training, which she is really taking an interest in. i just don't want to do it! soon i will... when i have some time off of school and can really try. she always wants to sit on the potty and never goes. it's annoying. i wonder where she got the idea to read a sports magazine on the potty? weird. umm, and look at her sick feet. new normal.