With the weather warming up, Max is constantly asking us "go outside". We prompt him to say "mommy/daddy, I want to go outside", but really, it is a big deal that he is asking with words at all. Last year at this time he would bang on the back door with his hands and whine if he wanted to go in the backyard. Mind you, he still doesn't have much patience for the whole getting ready to go outside business, (socks and boots and a coat? you guys are KILLING ME), but he understands that he has to get his gear on before we will open the back door. His favourite thing to do is to collect rocks and leaves and push them through the fence to our neighbours' yard. Somehow in the process he always manages to get his hands and face completely filthy. I still think he is beautiful though (dirt and all).