I’m popping in for a quick “hello.”  All’s well, crazy busy but well.

I vaguely remember this time of year being busy when I was in school and it’s true once again now that we have school aged kids.  Yikes, our calendar is full.  When we don’t have a full calendar, we’re getting outside.  There’s work in the garden, exploration and simple, wonderful play.  (The swing is still a huge hit!)

On top of all of that, it’s “National Turn Off TV” week.  I watch very little TV so I’m limiting, but not cutting out entirely, my computer time.

Thus, there isn’t a lot of blogging or photo uploading go on.

And that’s ok.    Back soon!

Signs of Spring

For our fifth day of the “Get Outdoors Challenge” we headed to a (new to us) natural area and looked for signs of Spring.  It was so windy but we had a ball exploring for nearly two hours.

They threw rocks in the po

And found the signs of Spring we were looking for.

Yes, it’s a weed but that’s still a sign of Spring.

We tried very hard to be respectful of the geese but they still flew away.  I explained that many people probably tease them or are mean.

See, I told you it was windy.

Get Outdoors Challenge: Days 3 and 4

We continue to get outdoors daily.  Much of the time is the kids playing and me either work outside or doing housework indoors.  This was especially true on Sunday.  They spent much of the afternoon out with daddy while I sorted, purged and cleaned.

After Jeff was done trimming a few branched he made this simple swing for the kids.  They love it and it has gotten much use in the last three days.

Monday found us with the older two in school in the morning.  Our afternoon held naps for all three and haircuts for the boys.  A busy day!

We usually get to Morgan’s school about 15 minutes early.  Thankfully, there is a park and creek nearby that the boys love to explore.  I had to practically drag them away.

While they explored the water, I soaked in the bits of green that are appearing.  I’m not sure I’ve ever appreciated spring’s arrival as much as I am this year.

Tuesdays and Thursdays are usually less busy as only Jack has school.  We’ve already picked out a new natural area to explore after naps.  I think I’ll also get out I Love Dirt and Let’s Go Outside to get some activity ideas for the upcoming days.

What are you doing outdoors?

Get Outdoors Challenge, Day 2

Today we packed a picnic (are we the only ones still eating egg salad?), loaded the car and headed up the road a bit to a natural area that I’ve heard great things about.

To say the morning was a blast is an understatement.

We started off with a 1/2 mile hike.

Looked for signs of spring.

Skipped rocks

After lunch, we wrapped up the day with rolling down the hills.

The whole way home, the kids talked about how they wished we lived in the woods .