Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Our Great Outdoor Challenge

We've joined the Great Outdoor Challenge! Around here, we usually do a pretty good job at getting out of the house around lunchtime, but I have a hard time with the hours towards dinnertime and the later part of the afternoon. I'm cooking dinner, getting kids ready for bath- and bedtime, and usually someone is fussy. I'm oftentimes just hanging on until Paul can get home. Anyway, yesterday we'd done our usual midday trip to the park, but just before dinner, keeping the challenge in mind, we decided to head outdoors for a little more nature. So, I slid dinner into the oven and headed out with these two very grateful kiddos. These kids just thrive on being outside! I realized that getting them outside and giving them some fresh air and a change of scenery is an excellent way to distract them and lighten the mood while we wait for dinner and head into the last stretch of the day.

Look at those monkeys!

My nature princess :)
I had a really hard time getting them to stay still for a picture:
A jumping nature princess:
I guess he's taking a rest from all the running!

After a while, I got tired of chasing them, so I just plopped down and took a few pics of what I saw right where I sat. Remember this tree from the blizzard pics?
Right above my head:
And just for fun:
Thanks, Lisa, for the great challenge idea! Everyone else, please join at: 5 Orange Potatoes!


  1. Yay for being outside! I'm glad you joined. :) We've not changed our routine much either, but I'm always glad to spend a few minutes outside in this great weather.

  2. Can you imagine how much more lovely life will be when we have our own back yards (or better yet, 20 acres of land) and we can just open the door and send our kids outside for the day! I can't wait for this day to come.