Hi, new friends! I’m Lacy from Living on Love. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be a new contributor here at Kids Stuff World. I am eager to get to know you all and hope you feel the same.
One thing my family and I take pride in is making a BIG deal out of small moments. I’m a firm believer that the everyday moments, the day-to-day happenings, can be beautiful and significant. After all, that’s what most of life is. This year on Kids Stuff World, I’ll be sharing ways to make life meaningful for your family. Whether it’s a fun project or an adventurous outing, you can be sure it will be simple and significant. It’s about the time spent together that matters most. Let’s get started!
I’m not sure where you live, but in my neck of the woods we have had a couple of months of bitter cold, snow, and ice. Only a handful of times has it been nice enough to actually get out and enjoy the weather. The rest of the time we’ve been cooped up inside, with a nice dose of cabin fever.
Once the weather perked up, with highs in the low 50s (a treat for January!) we decided to make a day of it and enjoy some quality family time outdoors. We loaded up the car and headed to our favorite hiking spot at a nearby state park. The weather was perfect. Cool enough that snow and ice were still all around us, but warm enough to truly enjoy some time in the woods.
Since our girls were babies, we have spent tons of time outdoors. Nature has always been a place of adventure and rejuvenation. Since I can remember, being outside has given me a sense of release and purpose. As a family, sometimes all we need to recharge is a good amount of time spent in the wilderness.
Here are some ways to make a winter walk a fun and simple outing for your family…
Dress for the occasion – Appropriate attire is key. Toddlers especially tend to freak out if they are too cold, too hot, wet, etc. We were able to last a long time because our girls were warm and able to move around freely since they were wearing their “adventure clothes,” as we like to call them.
Take it slow – There is no rush, especially in the wilderness. Take your time and let your little ones set the pace for your adventure. Take breaks if you need to. Allow yourself to surrender to the clock and enjoy an outing free of time constraints.
Notice the details – Take time to stop and look around. Point out things you see or hear to your children. Ask them what they think is interesting or beautiful. From hollowed out logs to frozen waterfalls, our girls were amazed by the things they saw during our winter walk.
I challenge you to get outside this winter! I think you’ll be surprised just how refreshing an outdoor adventure can be for your entire family…
Starting something new today,
I have a feeling this is going to be quite the series …
Over heard at the dinner table last night …
Mom: So how was school today?
Mom: Did you meet any friends?
Sweet: Yeah, I met one.
In the bathroom.
A little boy. [Giggle]
[A few bites of dinner, a moment of silence]
Then, just as I was getting ready to ask another question ….
Sweet: [Proudly] I had to help him wipe his bottom!
Me: [Thinking very loudly to myself] Ummmmmmm …… what?!?!!
Lots of surprised faces and open mouths all around the table. Boys laughing. Nana, Papa, Mom and Dad all trying their best not to laugh themselves, and come back promptly with a sound, practical response for
“What you should do the next time you find yourself in the GIRLS bathrooms at school and a kindergarten boy is in there and needs help wiping this bottom” …
And so begins a fun, new chapter in our lives, Life as a First Grader.
Such a helper she is. Good thing she’s such a great big sister!
image from the wonderfully talented Matte Stephens [found here]
Took the kids for a quick run to the market today and on our way out of the store, we noticed a lady who had fallen down in the rain and was trying to get up from what looked like a pretty bad spill.
Have no fear, Happy & Sweet are here!! The dynamic duo rushed to her aid, helping her up and were most eager to see that she got her big umbrella back. ☺
On the way to the car, I hugged them tight and told them how nice it is to help someone in need. Then Happy told me, he thought he might be a doctor when he grows up – You know, so he can help lots of people and that lady with her hurt knee. ☺☁☂
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You know feeling good is easy Lord, even when he feels blue
Yeah – good enough for me,
Good enough for me and my Poopy McGee
Little Man has been feeling a bit under the weather the last few days, but I know he’ll be feeling good again in no time at all. In the meantime, I’m enjoying all the extra snuggle time he’s dishing out.
And in case you didn’t know, Pink does a pretty fantastic cover of Bobby McGee, check it out here
Lately Sweet’s been feel BLUE
She felt so down she didn’t know what to do
But after a few naps & kisses from Me
She’s back to feeling as Sweet as can be