Pickin' Blueberries

The book Last Child in the Woods keeps popping up across my radar. I haven't actually read it, though due to the fact I keep stumbling across references to it, I probably should. The premise seems pretty obvious to me- kids these days have lost connectivity to the outdoors. Kids these days. Hasn't every generation used that catch phrase as an excuse? I hate to think I am turning into an old, biase[...]
First thing I have to say is that there are WAY to many photos to blog from this adventure. Between Matt and I, two cameras, we came home with just over 600 raw images. After editing, it whittled down to 226, which are all uploaded on Flickr. I can't justify posting all the 'Good Ones' here in this post because it would make this post ridiculously long. So we will try this (fingers crossed,[...]
It’s early evening, and a cool night. The usual routine has been to put the girls down and go out back to water the garden. I’m sitting in the backyard, contemplating how much my lifestyle has changed in these past 4 years. As I look at my dirty feet in flip flops, I wonder when exactly I traded my aspirations to achieve something, that looking back now, in it's deepest core of motivation, was pur[...]

Retreating, part 3

Saved the best part of the trip for last. Above and beyond retreating, having down time, receiving amazing teaching sessions, spending quality time with close friends and community, there is the pure joyous fun of the kids having the time of their lives. The highlight for them, and us too, was hand downs the pools. That's right, I said pools, plural. The first opportunity we had to swim we hit up [...]

Retreating, part 2

The most beautiful expression of what the weekend was about really came to life on Sunday afternoon. After the last session of the official schedule was over, we were free to spend the afternoon after checkout enjoying the Resort amenities. We scrambled to pack up the room, ending up with far more food than we came with and no where for it to go other than our stomachs. Bound eventually for the po[...]

Retreating, part 1

re·treat - n a.) A place affording peace, quiet, privacy, or security b.) A period of seclusion, retirement, or solitude. c.) A period of group withdrawal for prayer, meditation, or study  Honestly, I have never taken or gone on a retreat before. It seems I have allowed the busy excuses of life to prevent me, and even us as a whole family, from committing to one. It's hard to really gras[...]
Spring has indeed sprung! We are loving: The bright, warm sunlight on little faces Beautiful 'Blow Flowers' No socks and white linen skirts Going for sunny walks and pulling sisters in a wagon Flying high in the blue sky and laying down for an afternoon outdoor rest.

Burst of sun

Right before dinner, nearly completely unexpectedly, the sun burst through and warmed our backyard up just enough to enjoy some low warming rays. It's pretty amazing to see how much the girls are enjoying the yard. Araiya sang songs to her Apple Blossoms. Tallis made meticulous piles of rocks, dirt and flowers. Matt dug at something. Mom took pictures. While we ate, Araiya begged to eat out[...]
I have been going though the logistics of skiing with Toddlers. Constantly we are asked the burning question "HOW do you do it?" as we have spent at least one day a week at the mountain with 3 girls 3 and under. The first post can be found HERE. This is installment #2 :: Clothing and Gear. We have found the big, essential keys to making skiing work is being adequately prepared. If the kids are un[...]
Warmth was fleeting; today we are back to overcast. A few lingering images from the past few days of our Backyard Escapades:  1.) Our front window, which faces east, welcoming the sunrise and warm rays deep into the living room; 2.) Lunch on the deck; 3.) Araiya playing with an umbrella; 4.) Blossom Buds on one of the fruit trees; 5.) Planting seeds in a new toy, one that was int[...]