Seeing the sights in Dallas…and in life

My Little Lady has a favorite word these days. It sounds like “aaaaaah” to everyone else, but I know what she is saying: “eyes”. She loves to point at her own eyes or at my eyes and say that word over and over. She has the most beautiful blue eyes, just like her Daddy and her brother.

One thing that I love about my two little ones is seeing things through their eyes. After living in Dallas for so long, I tend to take for granted the lovely or fun things around me. But when we go anywhere together, my kids are so impressed. The colors of the stop lights! A flower growing on the sidewalk! A doggie! That sign is a triangle!

Our favorite outings are outside, anywhere that they can run around. We enjoy meeting our playgroup friends at the Dallas Arboretum when the weather is nice. Another friend is a member of the Dallas Zoo and takes us there for visits. Our favorite parks in Dallas are Caruth Park and the Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital Park.

When the weather isn’t so great, we head to NorthPark Mall to see the ducks and turtles.

We love to visit the Dallas Museum of Art on First Tuesdays when it’s free, too. It was on one of these Tuesdays that we met David Chicken for the first time, and now the “Recycle Bin” song is in constant demand at our house!

All of these outings have one thing in common: so many things to see. I am so thankful that so far, neither of my children display any of the nearsightedness that my husband I have so severely. Their little eyes are currently still perfect (as far as we know) and can take in so much, from so far away, and so easily.

They can’t always describe what they’re seeing, but I know they’re taking it all in. Little Lady will point and make babbling noises. Little Sir is more vocal – he tells me how he sees numbers and letters everywhere, and often shapes. He has been learning throughout his short life just by seeing what is around him.

Of course, one of my favorite things to see is how they’re growing and learning just by experiencing. I may not be a teacher-type person (far from it!), but I don’t need to be. All I have to do is provide the opportunities, and they take it all in. I wish I was better at documenting everything. Even when I do grab my camera, it never captures the true spirit of the moment. The best way for me to experience these fun times with my kids is to just see and remember. I hope that I can always do both of those things well.

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2 thoughts on “Seeing the sights in Dallas…and in life”

  1. Are there always ducks at NP? I didn’t realize! Maybe I need to take Lil!

  2. Yep, always ducks and turtles at NorthPark! In the little pond area there in front of Williams-Sonoma and across from Tiffany’s.

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