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    Look in a book

    Saturday, April 17th, 2010

    Some of the books inspiring us around here recently:

    Keeping House: The Litany of Everyday Life

    Calm and Compassionate Children: A Handbook

    My Heart’s at Home: Becoming the Intentional Mom Your Family Needs

    Writing Motherhood

    and some great, inspiring websites:

    Mom Shots

    5 Orange Potatoes

    Rhythm of the Home

    Childhood Magic

    What’s inspiring you?

    Outdoor Challenge Day 6

    Saturday, April 17th, 2010

    Posting a day late. Yesterday was filled with a new park, friends, too much sun, a little sunburn, lots of running, and lots of fun. No time to post when you’ve got that much going on! :) Are you getting outside  this weekend?  I hope so!

    Outdoor Challenge Day 5

    Thursday, April 15th, 2010

    Today’s outdoor adventures ended up being all about birds. First we saw this:

    As we walked we noticed the flock of little birds flying above, but when they were joined by the HUGE hawk, all 3 of us gasped.  Truly gorgeous.

    Later, when we stopped for lunch, we decided to eat outside. While we ate, some birds decided to wait around to see if we’d drop anything, and we noticed the varied calls the different birds used.

    My lesson learned today? In both instances it would have been so easy to miss both of these experiences. If we’d been too distracted to look up, or too busy rushing through eating to stop and listen to the birds, we wouldn’t have noticed them at all.

    Outdoor Challenge Day 4

    Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

    Sometimes you just need to borrow someone else’s outside.

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    Outdoor Challenge Day 3

    Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

    A whole wonderful field of muddy fun

    A makeshift “tree house”

    A found the one puddle left to splash in.

    Have you ever tried to take a picture of a hummingbird??

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    Outdoor Challenge day 2

    Monday, April 12th, 2010

    Did you get outside today? We did, even though it was raining torrentially throughout the day. We didn’t let that stop us, it just meant there were puddles to jump in, and worms and snails to meet!

    If you’re taking part in the Outdoor Challenge and posting pictures, let us know so we can check them out! If you’re not taking pictures but just getting outside, tell us about your adventures!

    Getting outside

    Sunday, April 11th, 2010

    A number of factors have been conspiring to get me off my duff and get my kids outside. Now, I’m a huge proponent of getting kids outside and into nature; there was a time that friends who lived near me knew that they’d find Z and me out on a walk for a good portion of the day. But life has kind of gotten away from me, and it took some reminding recently (from Calm and Compassionate Children: A Handbook) to convince me that we needed to make it priority again.

    So beginning this week, we’ve moved our schedule around to get out for a walk first thing after breakfast- before the madness of the day begins. It’s been wonderful! The girls have been mellower, and we even met a lovely little caterpillar friend.

    So imagine my amusement when I discovered that this month is “Children and Nature Awareness Month”. How fitting! And to celebrate, this blog has issued a challenge: go outside everyday, rain or shine; then take a picture each day, for the rest of April, of your children outdoors and post it. Just a single picture will do; words aren’t even necessary.

    Isn’t that a great challenge? I’m going to participate, and I’d love to know if you’re going to too. If you don’t have kids, get outside and take a picture anyway!

    Here’s some pictures to start: