We took one of Matilda's good friends from preschool out for tea and a romp through the Huntington Gardens today as a birthday present. The girls started out the day with lots of note taking and scientific observation. Matilda made a list of the first 10 plant species she saw but her note taking tapered as their pace and excitement level ramped up.
The misty children's garden is another good location to run in slick shoes.
In the fountains, it all started out with a little splashing.
At some point in the desert garden the girls started taking really hysterical videos of each other, complete with direction. Most of the videos involved sitting on a cactus and then running around in crazy circles. For your viewing pleasure:
I had a fantastic time with the girls today and know that they did as well. I will try to give these experience-type-gifts more often now! I also am stunned by this snapshot I got of Matilda walking today. A glimpse of my teenaged daughter: