Friday, March 29, 2013

First Day Of Spring Break

Today was the first day of Cava's Spring Break, so he and I spent some time together.

Going to a local school, we played on the playground. Cava loved anything he could climb on.

The monkey bars:

Is it any wonder we nicknamed him "Little Monkey"?

Or the jungle gym, which he calls Spiderman's web. As he climbed it, he would sing the old Spiderman theme song:

"Spiderman, Spiderman
Does whatever a spider can . .."

He smiled because I sang the theme song slightly different than he did, "Spiderman, Spiderman. Does whatever Cava can."

I love seeing this smile. 

While we played, I would ask him about Ukraine: things he liked or didn't like. With the latter, he told me he didn't like how the older kids would pick on him because he was small. He said they would hit and kick him. It broke my heart to hear this and I know it explains some of his anger and aggression problems.

Cava also told me he likes it better here than in Ukraine. The other morning, he told Danelle he was "American, not Ukrainian."

No matter what he was playing on, he would stop whenever he saw a bird. Then he'd point to the bird and tell me to look. Here are two of the ones we saw:

As I know I have mentioned many times before, his excitement over such little wonders is one of the things I love most about him. 

Later we picked up Benjamin (who was far from thrilled that he had to go to school when Cava didn't) and the three of us went to the Schiele Museum. Cava told me that he loves going to the museum.

Today, we didn't really spend much time inside since it was nice and we went on a nature walk, although it started out as more of chase the chicken.

While he didn't have much luck with that, he did however pet a pig:

And they both petted the sheep, Rosemary and Peaches:

Still, I saw a sense of relief in the sheep's eye as we left.

From there we walked up the hill to the Native American Village. 

And then downhill to the pond. Benjamin, being the big brother, loved to point out things to Cava. I loved seeing the two of them getting along.

Cava was fascinated by the tadpoles, but even more by the turtles. It was a bit of a struggle to keep him from going in after one.

Thankfully, we didn't see any snakes.

Both boys loved walking through the woods and stopping by the streams with their small waterfalls.

Of course, stopping to just enjoy the moment was always short lived with two boys. They did, however, like playing Pooh Sticks and watching to see whose stick came out from under the bridge in the stream first.

And what would a nature walk be if we didn't stop afterwards to have ice cream?

They both loved the ice cream, but only one didn't care for having his picture taken. Can you guess which one?

1 comment:

  1. Looks like you guys had an amazing day! From the sounds of the conversations you are having seems like Cava is learning A LOT more English!! That is wonderful and with time will make an enormous difference in his behavior the more he is able to freely express himself.