Welcome to loving simple living. This week has been a wild one with the book release on Wednesday. To be perfectly honest I have been stressing more than I should about it. It is scary to do new things. In my effort to simplify I have made room for much more new and exciting things, and new and exciting things aren’t simple….so I don’t know what that makes me or the blog 🙂 but more on that later maybe.
Last week was beautiful weather. It was like we went from winter to summer in one weekend. To say that it was amazing wouldn’t be doing it justice. I love the warm weather and being outside. Last Wednesday night(week and a half ago now), as my husband and I sat outside at Chipotle for our date night dinner we decided the weather was just too good not to take off and go camping. We had to make use of our self-employment and home schooling freedom and enjoy the heat.
Prior to this I hadn’t planned on doing a spring break for the kids, just figured we would work through and get things done. I have been playing with the ideas of unchooling and schooling in general lately and figured we could experiment taking off ‘school’ for a few days and see what else we could learn. I have been doing a bunch of thinking and figuring out stuff in my head lately about school, next year is going to be very different. I will keep you posted as I figure stuff out. This is the learning we did away from the table:
Hiking is my favorite thing. We look for parks and campgrounds with hiking trails and do the longest ones we can find….. this one was only maybe 5 miles and the last mile was walking back to the car along the side of the road. Much prefer the parks on the east and west ends of the country, MUCH better hiking.
Ian was upset on this walk from about mile 2 through 3 ish and threw a big fit. He has been going through spells like that in mid morning. Don’t quite know how to help him out of it, hope it is just a faze. Soon he was over it and running ahead.
The kids love the walking sticks and we always have to bring them along, but they only end up using them for .01% of the time. … not sure why I am wearing all black… we don’t hike in fashion 😉
Ah, proof that they do sometimes use the walking sticks.
This creek went right past our campsite. The water was really clear and the kids had lots of fun with it.
The other side note on the campsite was that we were at least .25 miles from a bathroom in both directions. I have never camped at a campsite that had so little facilities. I like walking and all…. but over a 1/2 mile round trip every time someone needs to use the bathroom is a bit much. Lots of times we drove. When we booked the campsite on Wednesday night it was the last one available, I was amazed they were so packed so early.
Touring the fish hatchery at Roaring River State Park, Missouri. They grow the fish here and then release them into the river lined with people waiting to catch and eat them. … not sure how natural that is. I don’t fish or eat fish, but growing them in such close quarters and then being caught so soon doesn’t seem fun for the fish or make much sense for people (who stand there all day to outsmart a fish that was in captivity already). But like I said, I don’t fish, so I don’t understand.
They had a bug catching net and container with a magnifying glass they got from Grandma. They had fun catching lots of stuff… most stuff wasn’t stuff that moved. It was easier to catch flowers and rocks and examine them. Daddy did help them catch a butterfly that they were able to get a close look at before releasing it back into the open air.
Daddy and Ian did some hiking up behind our campsite and found this guy. We had seen little flashes of lizards on our other walks but this one stuck around and let them get a good look. There were Rattlesnakes and Copperheads in the park as well. They said they hadn’t seen any yet, but they usually come out after about 3 days above 70 in a row… which would have timed them right to come out for the weekend. … made me a bit nervous, glad we just found this guy.
We wanted to make the most of the travel experience. We went to 6 states. Nebraska (where we live), Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. …not to be down on where we live, but these aren’t the most exciting of the 50 states. Still, we wanted to cross off a few more for the kids to say they have been to. Well over half now, we need to explore the south east a bit more to get lots of the ones we are missing.
Wednesday morning I was super tired after I had woke up early to get stuff ready for the book release. Made a big breakfast for the kids but then they were just sitting on the couch together reading books they had gotten from the library the night before. How could I pull them away from focused reading to do book work? It just didn’t seem right, so we spent most of the morning just reading books. Lily found this in a ‘worst case scenario’ book she got. She copied it out and went to great lengths to convince Ian to sign it. After completed she taped it to the bedroom door. The language cracks me up. This is great early education in legal documents right?
Where do you take your kids to explore?
For those of you reading 321 Stop – stop running and start living what do you think so far?
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