Judah is 17 months and our favorite summertime activities are playing in our backyard, going to the local playground, having picnic dinners at the beach with Daddy and going for walks with the stroller. He loves being outside! Fresh air and exercise are good for all of us so, I'm glad he likes playing outside so much.
For us, taking a picnic to the beach is easy because we live about 10 minutes away. The other night, I made a taco salad for dinner, then at the last minute we decided grab a few plastic bowls, plastic forks and head to the beach. Well, I also made a PB&J sandwich for Judah because he isn't too crazy about taco salad yet. I think it's almost easier to eat outside because we don't dirty up the kitchen.
One of the things I'm learning to embrace is that toddlers have a need to climb and explore. When we play outside, he can get this out of his system alot easier than when we are inside and there are so many restrictions. I just can't let him climb on top of the dining room table or run back and forth on the couch! However, climbing on drift wood and throwing rocks outside is ok!
So, we play outside where there are also less "No's" and we can both have a great time!