A couple weeks ago, Mason contracted the Roseola virus, which kept us housebound for six days: four days for fever, and one night of vomiting, and two days for a full body rash, including his sweet little face. This was the sickest he's been in his short life, which is really a blessing because he came through it just fine. It could have been much worse.
But wow. Nothing clears your schedule faster than a sick child. I rarely get cabin fever, but those six days of caring for a miserable, feverish, vomiting, listless toddler, who had suddenly reverted to acting like a tiny baby, made me understand that his play dates are just as much for my benefit as they are for his.
Thankfully, Mason is back to his normal self and our daily excursions have resumed. We spend as much time outside as the weather allows, but we're enjoying some indoor gems when necessary.
We still enjoy Friday story time at the Library of Congress, but have fallen in love with a newly renovated local library, located just ten blocks from our house: Rosedale. Have you ever been to a library where every book is brand new? What a treat!
We regularly visit the National Building Museum to let Mason run free in the wide open space.
Of course, you can't beat the Air and Space Museum.
A recent discovery is the College Park Aviation Museum. From working in College Park for 12 years, I knew of its existence, but I had never been. It cost us $4 to enter, and I prefer free activities, especially if Mason's just going to run wild, but it was a worthwhile expenditure.
At home, Mason's been coloring, finger painting (or eating the finger paint!), and painting with a paint brush. I've also started enlisting his help in meal preparation. With firm and consistent instructions, he can assemble Brad's and my salads. Placing lettuce in the bowls and sprinkling slivered almonds on top is no problem. But the blue cheese crumbles and craisins are just too tempting. He eats more of those items than he ever puts on our salads.
Where do you enjoy playing when it's cold and nasty outside?