Going into this trip, I knew that one of the challenges for me in particular would be the sheer amount of togetherness. In the past, I’ve generally traveled on my own, so continually coordinating outings with others (and especially coordinating with a two-year-old) is a personal challenge.
Three playgrounds we visited in West Cork, all overlooking water.
Theo has never had very many toys. We follow a somewhat Montessori-ish parenting philosophy, and his room back in California had a low shelf that held about six fairly simple activities at a time. We’d rotate these with a closet-stock about twice that size, and give away toys soon after he outgrew them.
The other evening, Brian and I attempted to play a French board game, La Bonne Payee.
The directions were missing, so we had to make up some of the rules. Since we have Internet free times on Tuesday and Thursday evenings as well as all day Saturday, so here Brian is looking up French words from the cards and board the old fashioned way, using a massive English-French dictionary.
The woman we are staying with in L’isle-sur-la-Sorgue has grandchildren near Theo’s age and lots of toys, including a balance bike. Most of the nearby streets are only sporadically driven on by cars, so Theo has been experimenting with riding down them.