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…

Simple Things Sunday: A Day in San Antonio

Little man woke up on Wednesday with a plan …
Find a cool industrial background for a great backdrop for a photo op

He had a vision in his head about a fun day out with Mom and he really wanted to make it happen. How could I resist his oh-so-specific requests?

 

It sounded like a challenge to me. One I was more than happy to accept. This is my last year with a little one at home and we plan to make the most of it! It might be hard to cross all these things off your list in some towns, but here in San Antonio you can easily do all of those things in one day from the Pearl Brewery.

We planned to hit the San Antonio Museum of Art, but Little wore his snazzy new fall clothes (long sleeves and fleece pants) and it was about a zillion degrees outside, so about halfway there he made a command decision to swap museums. We drove less than a mile down the road to his favorite museum of all — The Witte.

Here’s a few shots from our big day out:

Gorgeous day in San Antonio - at the Pearl BreweryA day in downtown San Antonio - the Pearl, the Riverwalk, and the Witte Museum

Man, I love this city!
* All Photos taken with an iPhone *

Now for the fun part, it’s time to join Rebecca again for #SimpleThingsSunday

Simple Things Sunday

Simple things Sunday is about taking time to photograph the everyday details that make your life unique, beautiful, and special. Each Sunday we gather here to share our photos with each other. To enjoy the beauty that can be found in the ordinary and to be reminded of just how important the simple things are.

Just a few quick rules to play:

1. Grab a button and include it in your simple things post.

2. Link back directly to your simple things post not your blog/website.

No links to other linky parties, giveaways or craft projects pretty please.
This linky is all about the photos.

3. Be sure to pop by and visit at least 3 other links and leave a comment.
Leave as many as you can.

By linking up to the Simple things Sunday party you hereby give us permission to feature your photos + tell the world about your amazing photography talents. We’d love to showcase your work via social media and acknowledge what you’re doing each week to capture the simple things!


Summer in our own backyard

I made a promise to myself at the beginning of the summer, much like the promises I’ve made dozens of times before.

This summer, while all three of my kids were home, I will be more present.
We will do less, but enjoy more.
We will spend more time together as a family, and darn it — it will be fun!!

Lofty goals, I now realize, but fast forward to the end of the summer, and we DID do less. I strongly believe it was because of this, we enjoyed MORE. The days seemed longer, yet more carefree. Together, we had lots of fun.

Want to know what we did?

We started staying home. Without all the commitments, and appointments, and plain old busy-ness we had time to live our lives, the way I’d always imagined them.

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We brewed sun tea, made our own snow cones, and played scrabble outside.

We made a real knack out of it, Summer in our own backyard — lazing on our handmade picnic blanket (my first sewing project), holding lemonade taste tests, and reading stacks and stacks of library books while popping berries in our mouth.

We hunted for bugs, caught frogs, and danced in the rain.

We had lots of success inventing every flavor combination of homemade popsicles we could think of, and finding out just how fast they would melt in the Texas heat. I didn’t worry a bit when it dripped all over them, this sprinkler is my new best friend and has, on occasion, filled in for an evening bath

– hey why not, it’s summer!

summer in my own backyard

And we only live once.

I plan to make the most of it, right here in my own backyard.

show them. who you are.

* based on 1 Timothy 4:12 *

 Time to show the world what I’ve known all along. May God bless your innocent heart (and sweet loving soul), I pray with a mother’s prayers that I have prepared you for all that lies ahead. That you will look to us for guidance and that we will find the strength and wisdom to show you the way, just as these words have found their way to your mom when she needed them most.

You are important.

and I know you will do great things.

Rock on little buddy.

Rock on.