Sun-kissed and wind-blown. Dirty hands and tired muscles. Fire and sunshine and heat lightning. The last patch of melting snow and 87 degrees (Fahrenheit) within days of each other. Growing independence and tender young hatchlings and shoots.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Monday, April 29, 2013
On Friday, on our way to the Kickapoo Valley Reserve for a homeschool field trip we made a random stop along the river to eat oranges and float leaf 'boats' for the fairies downstream.
When we got to the reserve, Ayla and I joined Sylvia's group to do some hiking and pond-sample collecting and identification, while Camille's group donned chest waders to walk out into the pond and played rendezvous games. The games included hatchet and cast iron skillet tossing, rabbit-sticks, and cat-and-mouse (a game that involves two players standing on stumps and holding either end of a rope and trying to tug and trick the other one into falling off).
At the pond we saw a turtle, muskrat, birds, and various water critters.
painted turtle and Canada goose
When we rejoined Camille's group, we found out that Camille had tipped forward while wearing the waders and similarly soaked herself. I always expect these things to happen to my kids, and had plenty of back-up gear.
At the end of the day, Camille showed Sylvia the rendezvous games, and we were the last folks to leave. My very favorite photo of the day is shown on the previous post about joyful parenting. Camille can throw a hatchet like a pioneer.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
We live near a bike path that is a retired and converted railroad line. It links to over a hundred miles of scenic, continuous bike trails through the Wisconsin countryside. Today, we took our first real ride of the year, about 8 miles. I'm so proud of Sylvia. Last year she would have still been in the trailer beside Ayla, and this year she pedaled the whole way.
Mmmmmm, other day of momentum. I'll take it and be grateful.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
I love it when a week starts out with some momentum. We seem to have coasted right on through Wednesday with four full days of friendship and fresh air. Aaaaah, I needed that!
on the Merrimac ferry ~ pics by Camille
co-op shoppers, bulk aisle
Olbrich gardens conservatory
photo above and below by Camille
homeward bound at the end of a full day
springtime bike maintenance
Camille mixing up gluten-free vegetarian tamale pie for the slow cooker
my garden helpers
It's a good kind of tired at the end of each day.