After a Saturday Egg Hunt, a spontaneous lunch out with friends and date night for Mommy & Daddy . . .
After a visit from the Easter Bunny and donning our Sunday finest . . .
We wrapped up yet another extraordinarily beautiful Low Country weekend with a picnic in the shade of this incredible tree.
I love my life.
1. Plan nothing.
(Play board games instead.)
2. Blow bunny bubbles
3. Play Legos on the hot sidewalk whenever possible.
4. Snack a LOT
5. You never know what you will find if you look around
6. Don’t even think about it!
7. Breathe deeply – spring is definitely in the air
8. Popsicles are the perfect way to end the day
9. Days this beautiful will certainly be enough to make you forget the stress of grocery shopping with kids in tow (did I really manage to spend twice as much money on half as much food??) and wish that every day could be this lazy and sweet.
Earth Day is right around the corner, and I’ve been trying to come up with some fun things to do with the kids to reinforce the importance of being good stewards of our planet . This article on the NWF blog has some great ides for connecting with nature, but I think my favorite is #1: Make solar S’Mores! I mean, what better way to learn about the power of the sun, renewable resources, and power conservation than through a yummy, chocolaty, marshmallowy treat!
Click the link below for the full article – and be sure to let me know what YOU plan to do to B Kind 2 Earth!
5 Ways to Unplug and Connect with Your Family for Earth Day : Wildlife Promise.
Are you ready for Earth Day? Help your family embrace nature on April 22 by doing more than just hugging a tree with these activities from Rebecca P. Cohen’s new book, Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids.
These simple ideas will help you conserve, learn, and have fun together. Then you can join the B Kind 2 Earth Day campaign! The idea is simple: promise to do at least one kind thing for the earth on Earth Day and get others to do the same. The kindness can be as basic as going on a hike with your kids, or as big as a park clean up – or anything in between.
Man, Mondays are hard! Especially after a weekend as fabulous as ours. The weather was amazing – temperatures warming into the 90′s – and it’s only April! Now, spring fever is setting in hard.
The jasmine started blooming . . .
We swam with friends . . . .
We snuggled on a blanket and watched a classic movie under the stars. . . .
We ate the last oysters of the season, sitting on the dock with good friends . . . .
We had a neighborhood picnic and ate snow cones and played giant chess in the grass . . .
Is it any wonder, then, that Monday morning looked like this . . .
It’s a simple idea. This year on Earth Day, do something kind for the earth. Leave the car at home and bike to work, plant a garden, or pick up trash at the neighborhood park. And while you’re at it, invite others to join in and find their own way of being kind to the earth. Whatever it is, big or small, your actions to love, respect and B Kind 2 Earth will add up!
Bloggers across the country are joining forces with the National Wildlife Federation, Nickelodeon and TheMotherhood.com to encourage families in all 50 states to get outside, appreciate our planet and do good things for the Earth. I have pledged to help enlist at least 75 others in Georgia to promise to B Kind 2 Earth on Earth Day by “liking” our Facebook fan page and therefore committing to doing something. Please help me out!
I’m not sure exactly what I want my act of kindness to the earth to be this year. We try to do little things every day – things like recycling and composting and not running the heat or the air conditioning unless we really need them. The biggest change we have made recently is to install a clothes line in the back yard to line dry our laundry. Since the weather has warmed up, we have hardly run the clothes dryer at all – and we have seen a big change in our electric bill as a result! It’s a win win situation!
So, what will YOU do?
A few weekends ago when we were in Atlanta, we spent some time in the Apple store playing with the fabulous new iPads (I am sooooooooo in love! I think I really need one!)
So, Fletcher was playing around with the photobooth program and took this great photo of himself. It looked like the view through a kaleidoscope, and I don’t usually go for those sorts of filtered photos, but I just loved this one – I loved the third ‘alien’ eye and the triangle his mouth made and the pattern made by the highlights in his hair. It didn’t hurt that this is my sweet boy, of course. I wanted that photo! But I didn’t have a way to get it off the iPad. I tried to email it to myself, but there was no email configured. I went to my webmail and thought I had sent it to myself that way, but the email came through with a broken image icon – no photo. I was so disappointed, but what could I do?
Well, I must have some sort of email guardian angel out there, because look what showed up in my in box a few days ago! It came from an unknown email account, no name, no message, just this photo . . .