After Marion woke up from her nap, we went out for a walk. Take two of getting Marion used to walking, so the stroller was left behind.
There is an assisted living facility across the street from us that has beautiful gardens, a water fountain, and a birdhouse. Hello, kid's playground! It just so happens to be an easier (flatter) walk into town.
Since I mentioned the birdies I didn't get any whining from the toddler about walking.
She even ran toward the bird house!
In hindsight, maybe not a good thing when we are trying to build up endurance.
She loved the birdies, as always.
The water fountain was next, also a Marion favorite.
She always wants to stick her little hands in there and then exclaims, "My hands! My hands are wet!"
Yes, that tends to happen when you stick your hands in water silly!
It gets a little boring after the water fountain, birdies, and flowers, so she wanted up. I was actually okay with this since we had to cross some busy streets.
Next stop, a gift store next to the Hotel Schwan where my mom and sister stayed during their visit last week (so, so cute).
We picked up an umbrella for Marion. Because 1- it rains a lot here and 2- Marion loves umbrellas. Another mistake on my part. She wouldn't let the thing go and I listened to her whining the entire trip. I was a bad mommy and wouldn't let her have it in stores. And when I did let her have it outside, she walked very, very slow. I should have made the umbrella run the last stop of our errands. Lesson learned.
After Marion got her treat, Mommy went to go get herself a treat. On the other side of the Hotel Schwan is a fantastic florist, Doflores.
They do great things in there and everything is beautiful. So I indulged and picked up some fresh flowers.
I already warned Brian that I might be doing this weekly.
Following flowers, Marion and I headed to the Coop. Which, I have been told, is pronounced like cope except that the 'o' is a bit longer and lower pronounced. So there you have it.
We made this special trip to find these delicious strawberry pastries I picked up the other day.
They are fantastic. Large chunks of sugar, fresh strawberries, custard. Yummmmmm. Only one is left after dinner and now I might just have to go eat it. Not good.
Oh, and to prove my clumsiness (as if I have to do that), I took the pastry out of the fridge to take a picture for you all. And somehow the packaging opened and it fell, strawberries down, onto the counter.
Yea, I'll still eat it, don't you worry.
Anyway, Marion did fantastic on the walk home. She walked the entire way (downhill). That's my girl!
Gotta run, the football game's about to start!