Showing posts with label kids. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kids. Show all posts

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Outdoor Co-Op

This past Friday we had our co-op outdoors at a local park. I really love this park and we frequent it often. It is not ridiculously crowded and in addition to having some very kid friendly trails, they also have a great outdoor classroom, playground, and nature center. You can even camp at the park! 

During the winter it becomes pretty obvious to me that during the other seasons of the year, we are outdoors a lot. Rain or shine, we always seemed to make it outside for a sizable portion of the day, everyday. This winter however, whether from the random temperature changes or the plethora of cold rainy days (ones that are just so yucky that my kids don't want to go out)- we have been house bound a bit more than I like. 

I notice it more mainly because of our daily rhythm. When we cut out outdoor time, for whatever reason, we move through our days slower. We continue to do the activities we usually do daily, school work and free play, but then there is an hour or so leftover when there used to be none. I don't want that time to be filled up with TV, so I have had to get creative (board games, scavenger hunts, play dough play ground) but I also want to get back outside. 

I love the outdoors, I always have. I was forced to be outside as a child (albeit a little too much- but that is a whole other issue), so I grew to love it. Being outside in my yard was when I felt whole. I could breathe and be myself there- away from the chaos indoors. I was blessed enough to live close to the bay and ocean as a young child, so I am quite attached to the water. So for me being indoors too much, is not good for the soul. 

So I resolve to do more outdoor co-op away from the house, as to not be tempted to go inside. We spent probably 2 1/2 hours totally outside. We played, we hiked, we discovered, we learned, and we picnicked! My kids also came home with a pretty sweet nature collection (which is proudly on display on our seasonal nature table) and they took a great nap. Plus, I felt refreshed. 


Always, Nicole 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wine and Date Night

Cocoon baby at the Living Museum

Finally, despite being called in for two hours on his only day off in 11 days, we had family time. Sweet, pure, blissful family time. Not rushed nor unappreciated. The day was not prefect, the kids were not on their best behavior, and neither were we! But that is not what we consider a perfect day, just being together and being ourselves unfettered by worry, now that's perfect

Today we were all a family. We were fully present and involved. We all connected. And it was worth the eleven day wait. 

To complete the day we also had a sitter come after bedtime so that we could have our 'special' date night. So now I miss bid you adieu, my husband is giving me that look :) 

Ah I love that one oh so much.

No verse or quote tonight.... just sweet photos from our day :) Why don't you share you're own in our comments! 

Butterfly exhibit at the Living Museum. We decided to get our own caterpillars in conjunction with this new exhibit as part of our summer home preschool. 

Loving Dada- Jonas missed him so! Two peas those two are! 

Deirdre told me that the gnomes left these for her as a gift for our compost!

Please Petunia I want a hug! I am your Mommy, not my Mommy! 

A few more years I think Jonas! 

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sandy Bottom and Picnic Dinners

True to its name! 

Tonight, after a day of rain showers, we decided to picnic at the Sandy Bottom Nature Park. (Yes that truly is what the park's name is, so I though the above photo was appropriate!) Craig is working a double today and tomorrow, so I thought it would be nice to get away from the house and all of the "missing daddy" sadness. The kids haven't seen her father in over 24 hours, so the bewilderment is justified. Plus when we eat outside, I have less clean up and it is very relaxing for me, given the stress of Craig being at work so much. 

So off we happily went! I love this park. It is just so beautiful. The air was cool and there was a breeze, so the bugs were not bad at all. I have given up trying to keep my kids clean when we're outside too, so I just let them roll around in the mud, sand, and water. They obviously had a blast doing it too and Mama did not have to run after them like a crazy woman trying to keep them away from all the 'dirt'. A win-win! 

Tonight I am hoping to finish up a few sewing projects that I have not had the energy to do the past few days. 

Bonne Nuit and I will see you tomorrow! 

So proud that she climbed up by herself


Hmmm, what to do now that Ma-ma put me down?

Oh I know, lets dance! 

Whoopie, freedom! 

The green gum drop


The Sandy Bottom Lake




"We can do it Baby Jonas, lets move the canoe!" -and just look at how happy Jonas is to be playing with his sister! 

Daily Quote or Verse: 

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything. - William Shakespeare