Thursday, November 19, 2009

More unstructured time

For a few weeks I've been carrying this book around with me in my diaper bag, sipping it in a couple pages at a time. This particular book has turned out to be perfect for sipping--I've been reflecting on the subject daily, more consistently making efforts to apply the reading.
Mr. Louv's most pressing concern is that kids (and all of us, really) are missing out on the benefits of unstructured time spent in natural places. I'm convinced that we are! So I've been trying to be better about taking the wooded route home from school,
or bringing the kids down to the creek,or encouraging them to get dirty in the mud,
or letting them have time to play in nature. (Here they are "fishing." "What are you catching?" I asked. "Salmon...salmon and trout.")
The book has also helped me think about how I can be a little less structured at home, which does nothing for tidiness but good things for their happiness. Here's fort #1:
fort #2, and
fort #3 (with a friend and a flashlight, double bonus!).
Have I ever mentioned before how I love boys? Boys, fall, creeks, forts...what more could a girl want?

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween haunters

I didn't sew a single stitch this Halloween season!
Instead, we chose something old,
something new,
something borrowed,
some things…BOO!