Sunday, April 22, 2012

Easter in San Diego

In the whirlwind that is an infant's first year of life, it seems that holidays, gatherings, trips, etc. have been the easiest way for me to put a little time stamp in my brain of what Connor was able to do and when.  At Thanksgiving he was just learning to rollover, at Christmas he was sitting up by himself (mostly), and by Easter he was army crawling himself into more trouble than should be humanly possible.  He continues to understand more and more each day, and one of his main points of focus seems to be figuring out what he's not supposed to touch and wanting nothing more than to bang/smack/splash at each of these items.  I guess we all have to begin understanding where boundaries are and how firm these boundaries hold.  

So, for Easter weekend we packed up the car and struck out down the 405 and 5 to visit the Means family.  We arrived on Friday night, enjoyed a quiet night in, and then on Saturday began the fun.  After Connor's first nap on Saturday morning we headed to the San Diego Zoo.  I don't think any of us had been in 10 or 15 years, so this was going to be a treat for us and not just Connor.  With the wonderful weather we weren't the only ones with the idea for a zoo day, but we were pleasantly surprised with how big and spread out the zoo seemed to be.  Connor got to see monkeys, hippos, fish, birds, rhinos, camels, giraffes, warthogs and a pacing jaguar.  You could tell that he understood that these animals were alive, and in the case of the jaguar, that they were something to be a little nervous about.  We all had a great day at the zoo and we all bought season passes, so I am sure that there will be more zoo days as the summer wears on.

On Sunday morning Connor got to experience his first Easter egg hunt.  Although the hiding wasn't particularly devious, Connor loved discovering the brightly colored eggs and the Cheerios that were hidden inside.  A little later in the morning the Means clan (Gammer, Jim & Lark, Branden & Genevieve with RJ & Clementine, and Greg) all arrived for Easter Brunch.  We all sat out in the backyard and enjoyed the sunshine.  Connor got to spend some good time with Gammer, he enjoyed seeing his cousins for the first time since Christmas, and he even got to put on the ridiculous bunny ears that Nana had bought him.  When Connor, RJ and Clem were all on the floor together Connor was very curious and showed that he still has a little to learn about the term gentle, but I am sure in another 6 months they'll be climbing all over each other.  

It was a great weekend, too short as always, but nice to be able to see all the family.  

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