Winter Walk: Recharge with Nature

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!
recharge your family with a crisp winter walkI’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.
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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.
 simple ways to make a winter walk a fun and simple outing for your family
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.
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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.

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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…

Life as a First Grader: On Making Friends …

Starting something new today,
I have a feeling this is going to be quite the series … :)

Need a quick laugh? This made me smile :)

Over heard at the dinner table last night …

Mom: So how was school today?

Sweet: Good.

Mom: Did you meet any friends?

Sweet: Yeah, I met one.

[Pause]

In the bathroom.

[Pause]

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!

Helping People ☺☁☂

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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Me & My Poopy McGee

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

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

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OVERHEARD ON AN AFTERNOON DRIVE …

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“Oh, NO!! Look at all that litter in that river!”, Happy proclaimed. “No, No, No. We don’t throw litter in the water. We need to put it in the trash can and keep the rivers clean.”

“I know!! I could get a ladder and climb down into that river … and swim around in that water … and pick up all that trash and then throw it away.” Happy stated, quite proud of himself.

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A FEW MOMENTS GO BY …

“Ooooor, maybe I could get a cape … and fly down into that river … and pick up all that trash … Yeah, that would be awesome!” he mumbled to himself.

Yes it would little man, yes it would.

Introducing Happy, Sweet and Little

Today, I am unveiling a new segment that is very near and dear to my heart, one that I have been eagerly anticipating for quite some time but putting off due to my lack of design skills to create the perfect logo. I finally bit the bullet and created this simple version, it’s not quite the look I had been dreaming of but it works nonetheless. I can not wait to share this quirky take on childhood with each and every one of you.

Background:

The Amazing Adventures of Happy, Sweet and Little is a collection of modern day comic book skits based on the fate, feats and fortunes of my endearing trio. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do … so without further ado … may I present you with:

Happy, Sweet and Little

STARRING:


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HAPPY
Age: 4
Rank: Big Brother
Role: Momma’s Little Helper
Fun Fact: Nature/Animal Lover & Budding Eco Ranger

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SWEET
Age: 3
Rank: Middle Child
Code Name: Little Miss Independent
Personality Traits: Fearless & Fun-Loving

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Little
Age: Almost 1
Rank: Baby Brother
Cool Trick: Walking & Waving at the same time
Reasons he’s like his Dad: He’s Ultra Serious but w/ a great sense of humor

I’ll add the logo to the sidebar so you always have a quick way to see what they’re up to and get started on the first Adventure right away :0) Yay!