Wednesday, November 28, 2012

His First Big Adventure





Today was the day: I put waterproof pants and boots on Rafael and set him loose to explore the woods on foot! 

He must have known something was different when I put the plastic overalls on him, and his new clunky winter boots. When I took him out of the stroller and set him on the forest path, he stood still for a moment, holding his apple, looking around him, wondering what he was supposed to do.

"Go on Rafael," I said, "Walk around!" He looked at me and then at the path. He took a first few wobbly steps...the boots were hard to walk in at first. But soon he was shrieking with delight, walking as fast as his little legs allowed, falling down every once in a while, rolling in the leaf piles, following the dogs into the ditches, thoroughly dirty and happy. 

This is truly the beginning of a new part of his life. He will no longer watch the woods pass him by, tucked into the wooly warmth of his stroller, merely a witness to the beauty around him. Now every walk will be an adventure! Full of discovery and messy exploration. It is such an awesome thing to watch. 

Thank you for your kind notes, I know it's been such a long time since I last posted. Everything is absolutely fine, I have just been too tired in the evenings to write or work on photos. 

I hope you are all doing very well, getting into the holiday spirit. I put up the very first Christmas decorations today, and am so much looking forward to December!

xoxoxoxo



14 comments:

  1. So good to read a post of yours. Rafael sure is growing and I loved reading about and seeing his woodland adventure.

    Happy Holidays ~ FlowerLady

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  2. precious post! you must be so proud of him! yes, your walks are about to change in a major way...i hope you are still able to snap a few of your beautiful photos in between chasing him around! glad to see all is well...

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  3. Such a wonderful, exciting time & what wonderful woods to explore ♥

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  4. Love the hat, adorable! He is such a darling child.

    Wishing you and Raffi lots of fun! (Kiki and Boston, too!)
    Elise

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  5. I was wondering where you had disappeared to and was missing you. Raffi is so sweet! All this time I've been following you it has been so lovely to watch him grow and how much happiness you take from it. :) Lots of Love xxx

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  6. oh my! he looks like a mushroom!

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  7. Happy to see a post, been wondering! I bet he slept great after a outing on foot!

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  8. I was SO HAPPY to see your post tooday. I worried that Rafael--or you--might be sick.
    But, from your photos, I can see he is full of life and enjoying his new freedom in the forest. Merry Christmas Season! Can't wait to see and hear more about your special Christmas preparations.
    xxxJudy
    CA

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  9. Precious, precious boy! Love the pictures and happy to hear you are well. I've missed your posts. :)

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  10. Yay...so sweet a post! Exciting to be able to follow every new discovery of growing into a happy human boy. Grateful to you doing such the work to stay aware and enjoy these milestones. Thinking of you every day every moment with great Love and respect. Your mom

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  11. Top 100 Mommy bloggers, congratulations!! Love your blog so much, you deserve it!!

    Elise

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  12. Thank you so much Elise, it was a big surprise!
    You are such a wonderful, loyal reader....thank you!
    xo

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  13. Congratulations! I was so happy to see that you were not only in the top 100, but that your blog was in the top 10 for design. I completely agree. Your blog is just beautiful.

    Raquel

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    1. Thank you Raquel, that is so kind of you!!
      xo

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