She is also becoming quite the little helper in the garden. I hadn't thought I would be able to garden much with her around. I was afraid that she would run wild and that I would spend the entire time making sure that she didn't put anything dangerous in her mouth. Instead I worked on reclaiming a little patch that had been taken over by weeds and she sat next to me on the path, picking up wood chips and dropping them over and over again. Since she is very fond of copying what other people are doing (a cute example of this was yesterday when she saw Nani wipe something off the floor with a sponge. Sadie then demanded her own sponge and walked around the house "wiping" things off the floor and then standing up and smiling.) I showed her how to use a small hand held rake and then let her have at it. She worked on pine needles with the upside down rake.
After an hour of gardening Sadie was still happy and very filthy. I'll have to keep my eyes open for those little kid gardening tools that they usually put out in spring. Sadie is such a helper!