Having children demands some sort of activity every day, especially with a small boy perhaps, but I do think all children need a lot of different environments, stimulation and being able to observe other kids and grown-ups. Not only for their own pleasure and satisfaction, but also for ours. Both M and I are now, when we have a family, doing things we probably never would have done otherwise, things that would be including too many other people, less fancy food, more basic things... etc. But we both find some sort of joy in this also. The simplicity, the ordinary life appears much, much more when you have a small toddler to worry about. Because the reality truly is, that if Alexis is happy, we can all relax and enjoy.