“Stop throwing algae!”
Yes, I am a mean mom!! I ordered my children to stop throwing algae at each other!
Really, though, I should have just saved my breath… Because this happened a few minutes later:
Andre ducked to avoid an “accidentally ” thrown algae ball and he fell sideways into a few inches of water in the murky creek.
Eddie felt bad, so he gave up one of his shirts and fixed Andre all up.
But I’m getting ahead of myself!
We went to another park to complete a 30/30 hike. This time it was at Spanish Lake, but I had to explain to the kids that it is really a pond.
When we first arrived, I read the first chapter from Whinnie-the-Pooh… the chapter book. I found the book at Goodwill for 50 cents and I thought it would make a great read aloud for parks.
I had to convince the kids it wasn’t a baby book and it wasn’t Disney! LOL!! And guess what… They loved it!
After I read to them,the kids noticed the pavilion had what seemed to be a thousand picnic tables all crammed together. So I let them jump around on them and play tag for what felt like forever!
I wanted to rush them to the nature hike… But really, when do you get a chance to jump on tables??
Once we started walking, we managed to go a few hundred feet before stopping for another half hour.
(Another name for this post could have been Being Patient on a Hike.)
Several tree stumps caught our attention.
Counting rings to determine the trees age…
Eli made a machine gun…
Andre found a swing…
Simone and Eddie made a see-saw.
And Eli wanted me to play on his balance beam…
Once we started on our hike again, we managed to go another few hundred feet before stopping at the side of the pond.
The kids found a stock pile of broken shells.
The consensus is that a raccoon sat by the water, fished out the shells, ate the insides, and left its trash!
The kids could see more shells in the water and spent quite awhile fishing them out with sticks.
Eddie’s treasure is an unbroken shell…
Eli and Andre got a short lesson in how shells were used as tools and cups and spoons in times past.
And I just chillaxed against a tree… waiting patiently…
Except for the detour into the algae filled creek!
As we walked, we talked and joked and asked questions and pointed out cool things. It’s so nice to spend quality time together having fun and being a WILD family ❤️
I even got my first flower for 2016!