Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day relaxation

Happy Mother's Day to all my friends and readers! I hope you had a chance to spend some time outside on this gorgeous day. We have been out in the yard for hours and it has been wonderful. Now it's almost time to head home and I think laying down in this hammock may have been a mistake. Ahhhhh, so relaxing. I may just stay here until tomorrow…

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Like a summer day in May.

It's downright balmy out here today. The breeze does feel heavenly, though.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Playground times.

Aside from one chilly walk around the block last week, almost all of our outside time these days is spent at the school playground. I think it's such a great way for the boys to blow off some steam right after school. It also gives me a good chance to enjoy the sunshine and relax for a minute. While the boys are at school I am usually hunched over an ironing board making onesies or quilts… so I definitely need to take a break and stretch by the time school ends. It puzzles me to think that this is the first year we have had this post-school playground habit. Why couldn't we do this before? What was the rush to get home? This is why our outside challenge is such a good thing. It forces me to create new habits that are not hard, but that I just hadn't considered before.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Playground antics

A good hour plus on the school playground today. The boys have friends who live right across the street so if they come over and play we can really get some good time in. These for are kind of crazy about each other. So crazy that they pretty much interact like a bunch of brothers. Sometimes they get alarmingly rough with each other, but they all seem to be having so much fun that I usually don't have the heart to intervene.

Today we spent part of our time looking for four leafed clovers. I hadn't done that in years! I actually found one. The boys promptly jumped me for it and tore it apart as a result. It was pretty funny.

so much for daily posting....

Wow, it's been a long time.  We have still been going outside, but I haven't been making the blog a priority.  The last couple weeks have made going outside EASY and WONDERFUL.  Nobody needs a year-long challenge to get their butts outside during weather like we have been having.  The boys have spent hours upon hours outside every day, playing on the playground after school, playing with neighbors in yards.  It has been glorious.  I've been trying to get out there too, and have met my daily quota and then some.  But if it's a contest of how many minutes per day a person is spending outside, the boys are ahead by a landslide.  I still have work to get done and most of it has to be done inside.  I did take a big batch of onesies outside to paint them this weekend, which was nice.

So we've been mostly doing simple outside times, nothing exciting or too far off the beaten path.  This weekend, however, we took a day trip to Matthiessen State Park.  What a beautiful place.  We want to go back and explore the area more.  There is much more of Matthiessen to see, plus Starved Rock and I think some other nearby parks.  Nate's parents accompanied us on this trip and we had a great time.  There is something pretty magical about watching a grandpa teach his grandson to skip a rock.

Yesterday it got chilly, which was a harsh reality after such unusually warm weather for 2 weeks.  We took a family walk after dinner and I made the boys wear coats because I knew they'd complain of the cold otherwise.  They were not happy about putting on coats, though, I can tell you that.  I guess now that Spring is here we are ready for Summer.  :)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Still here…

I know I am quiet over here but I'm still alive and we're still going outside. I am super busy right now and, frankly, overwhelmed with life. I'm trying to keep up with my growing business, trying (and failing) to diet and exercise, and preparing for an epic Harry Potter party. I have a lot on my plate. The outside time lately has been quick and dirty. Today we did manage to walk in the woods which was really nice. I hope next week things will have calmed down a bit and I can put more thought and energy into this project, and maybe do something beyond the bare minimum requirement. :)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Kite success.

We tried a different kite today. I couldn't get it to fly but Nate took over and had better luck. Apparently I had the string attached at the wrong spot. The boys had fun watching / chasing the kite.