Among the busyness of working and writing and meeting and app-building, our family has managed to enjoy a good bit of “normal” around here lately. The weather has warmed up (it was over 80 degrees here yesterday!) and we’ve been walking on the trail in the woods behind our house nearly every day.
Yesterday morning was delightfully typical. My sister came over with her giant, white great dane (Bess) and my mom’s great dane puppy (Charlie, who they watch during the day). And with six kids, three dogs, a dozen rubber boots, and nets and insect cages and walking sticks and fruit smoothies and camping chairs we set out for a morning of hiking and playing in the creek.
Oliver and Beatrice are both seven now, so we try to give them a little more freedom than the littles. They waded in the creek, caught water bugs with their net, and even managed to catch a snake (pretty sure it’s a baby queen snake – nonvenomous) to the delight and terror all of us. And while they were busy adventuring, we took the littles to an open field to run and adventure and explore on their own terms.
The dogs ran and wrassled and chewed on sticks.
The sun was bright and warm and gave us all a much-needed thawing.
Normal is nice. Analog is wonderful. Rubber boots and snakes and enormous fields of green grass and sunshine and adventurous kids are the best kind of soul food.
And even if my only proof of our field day is a few iPhone snaps and a dozen pink shoulders – I’m just so glad it happened!
Is it warming up in your necks of the woods as well?