It is no secret that Taft is in love with Ranger Lauren. All I have to do is mention her name and he lights up. I registered us for the Nature Hike weeks ago but I knew better than to mention it since he has no sense of time. He was thrilled when I told him this morning that we were going today. So lets take a hike, shall we?
I decided to divide our hike into parts. Part 1 is photos of Ranger Lauren and the kids. She takes so much time with them and makes them feel so smart while she is teaching them new things. And she can hold their attention forever.
And one of her snakes.
Part 2 is photos of the things we saw on the trail.
And Part 3 is very special. Taft loves to be like Ranger Lauren. I noticed that her backpack had those great patches on it. Taft and I always carry our backpack too. The Ranger Station had park patches for sale so I showed Taft that we would get one and put on our backpack to be just like her. He was pretty happy. Then he saw that his backpack was on the way, he had a name tag, but not a badge. Poor Taft right? That would be a no. Ranger Lauren told him that he can't have one just like hers since you have to go to school and work really hard to be a ranger, but she had something she thought he would like. She gave him a Junior Ranger Pin!! It was like watching him be knighted by the Queen. He could not have been happier!
Here is Ranger Lauren showing him what it is and getting him pined up. Just look at that cheesy grin in the last photo. He wouldn't even take his eyes off her for the photo.
And those patches on her backpack? We now have one all sewn on. I'll do anything for my sweet boy, even it ends in sore fingers for me.
And we already looking forward to the Kid's Wonders of the Beach Program next month. I think Ranger Lauren has a stalker.