Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Our Weekend in a Nutshell

Taking a moment to enjoy the scenery during our walk around the Frog Pond
After 5 days of living off of small portions of beans and rice, in various disguises, I greeted Saturday morning and its promise of eggs, toast, and hollandaise sauce with gratitude and excitement :) We picked up a grumpy and tired Elle from a sleepover, and I dragged the family off to the park to enjoy sunshine we hadn't seen in days, and nature we hadn't spent time with in weeks. Though they started out grumbling, within 5 minutes, Pea was immersed in shrub, taking photographs and Elle was climbing rocks and gathering odds and ends. The trail around the pond takes no more than 30 minutes to complete, but we were out there for nearly 2 hours, replenishing our batteries. We spotted a turtle further out and tried to dig our way through the brush to get closer (we never did); Hubby and the girls tested the theory that tree sap softens lips (though I chose to accept their hypothesis without first hand experience, I ended up with sticky cheeks from sticky kisses); Elle found various tree "forts" to squeeze into; we discovered a rather well camouflaged and large spider sitting just inches away from my feet after 10 minutes of idly sitting on a rock (and after a short moment of panic mingled with fascination, we took pictures of it). 

Pea's photography. Do you see that spider in the corner?

Continuing with my bid to spend more time outdoors, we had breakfast in the backyard Sunday morning, greeted by the birds. After homework and housework, Elle and I made nesting balls for our backyard birds in the hopes that it isn't too late in the season. 

Nesting ball
Have you been enjoying the spring weather outdoors? Looking for motivation? Check out the 30x30 Nature challenge - spending 30 minutes a day outdoors, for 30 days. Personally, I'm hoping to get out of the habit of hunkering indoors, and creating a new habit of needing some time outside daily. 


  1. Lovely! I had to giggle at the picture you drew of your Saturday morning's glee at the availability of proper food. You see, me? I would have set the alarm for 1 minute past midnight, woken up the girls and hubby and informed them of my intention to have a midnight feast. Then I would have proceeded to eat everyone out of house and home. I don't know how you did it, but you did and you managed to wait until Saturday morning (proper time) to eat some decent food. Well done you!
    Joking aside, I bet it allowed you to appreciate every bite and I also bet that food had never tasted so good. Am I right?

    1. I did appreciate the food - but it felt a little too heavy! Funny how quickly our body adjusts. I especially enjoyed a nighttime snack of cereal (my weakness) - though I have been trying to cut back on that...Just knowing that I could made me want it all the more!


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