Sunday, December 22, 2013

Four legged friends

December 22

It is wet and we are alternately stir crazy and sleepy. I know this feeling. Time for fresh air. Our four legged family members jump at the sigt of the leashes. Yes, these dogs should have been the reason for our daily outings since the beginning but I will admit I often let them play in the back yard rather than going for a real walk. 

As the year comes to an end I am contemplative. A year of getting outside most days has brought great joy to our family. I feel calmer and find moments of peace in nature that sustain me throughout the days. And I have discovered the peril of having an electronic companion always on hand to capture the perfect moment. Instead of being in the moment I found myself documenting the moment. And so I have become an intermittent photographer and a sometime blogger. 

For the new year I hope and plan to continue our daily outdoor time. And I hope to go on more walks with our dogs because I know they need to stretch their legs as much as we do. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Hello Sky

October 14

This is the view from my new hammock. I have wanted a hammock for longer than I can remember. But I hesitated imagining my little ones falling out of the tippy fabric. Then I discovered the hammock mountaineers use to sleep in suspended high above the ground. A deep pouch of sturdy nylon! It mounts with straps and can be moved at a moments notice. This is the hammock of my dreams! 

It is evening and we just finished dinner. I sneak out to the deck and climb in. I gently rock while watching the sky. The crickets are out and I hear geese honking as they head south. I'm sure I will need to head inside for baths and bedtime routines in a bit. But right now I am on a mini vacation saying hello to the sky. 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

While off the grid

October 10 

While on vacation from my technology we have had many outdoor adventures and moments of wonder. I had to set down my smart phone for a while and just be outside with my family.  I missed looking closely at nature and capturing the details of our beautiful surroundings in photos but I also loved being unteathered and free from the digital world. 

My commitment  to being oustide everyday continues. But I am now giving myself permission to unplug. I will document as I can and continue to take photos when inspired. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Off Line

September 3

I've been off line for a while. Taking a digital break. We have been outside every single day and loving it. I realized I want to be outside without a camera, phone or access to the Internet. 

I just want to enjoy the air, sky, and trees. My children much prefer my attention without a phone attached to my hands. And I find that if I park my technology and head outside I find more peace. 

And so I have not been taking photos or writing. But we have been living and enjoying our time outside every day. 

Thursday, August 8, 2013


August 8

Squishy, gooey, MUD!

Drip drip drip

August 7

Cupped like a bowl, these beauties drink in the rain. We explore the dripping garden in our rubber boots. 

Flash rider 360

August 6

This is the craziest trike I have ever seen. We may never come inside again. Peddling backwards, turning circles, twisting and looping my daughter heads outside as soon as she gets up just to get a few moments on this contraption.