For weeks now, I've been promising to take Elise stargazing if she sleeps during her afternoon rest period. This is not so much a reward as it is the mommy's selfish desire to show the kiddo the sky paired with the knowledge that it wouldn't be much fun if said kiddo is overtired.
So, today Elise fell asleep during her rest time. It might have been better to do our first stargazing at a time not directly before her first day of school. But, a promise is a promise.
We headed out as the sun was sinking below the horizon, and we found the moon and Venus. Elise really enjoyed having a name for them, and also seemed to enjoy giving our binoculars a whirl. Maybe this weekend we can take her someplace with darker skies and introduce her to the joys of lying on her back and watching the stars go by.