Snap It Outdoors: Balancing Act

We went to the zoo this week, ate a picnic, and visited our favorite animals, which are currently the zebras and the giraffes. Red was amazed to watch a giraffe reach up high and stick it’s tongue out to reach the high leaves on the tree above. “There’s no way any other animals here could…

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Snap It Outdoors: Pinata time

Smalls turned 3 this weekend. We had a fantastic and relaxed playpark birthday party that we shared with another family who had a kid turning 4. I was lazy mom and bought cupcakes at the store. The adults drank fizz and the only organized activity for the kids was the pinata. Kids spontaneously lined up,…

Snap It Outdoors: climb with me

Both boys love to climb, but Smalls hasn’t attempted any trees yet.  We don’t have great climbing trees in our yard, so he hasn’t really had the opportunity. Last week we went for a picnic in a local park with kindergarten friends, and they found a perfect tree. Smalls watched, for a moment, as Red…

Snap It Outdoors: Weaving

Last weekend we went to Kidfort Fest, which is part of the Treefort Festival held in Boise every spring. There were so many great activities for the boys to get involved in, including dancing, singing, building cardboard forts and creating bottle rockets. As we arrived, we found this amazing creation, with a huge box of…

Snap It Outdoors: Black Diamond

Red has done a few black diamonds over this season and last, but they have usually been pretty hairy, and involved tears by at least one of us. Last weekend we headed up to our home mountain, Bogus Basin, and the snow was great. It’s been a bad season, and we were delighted to finally…

Snap It Outdoors: Maps

‘The boys haven’t been wanting to go out much recently.  A cold snap hit Boise again this week, the temperatures have been in the teens on the way to school, and there’s been indoor recess again. We’ve been playing in the yard, but not much more than that. The spring that seemed to beckon for…

Snap It Outdoors: Shoveling

An unexpected 5 inches of snow fell yesterday. We woke up to a winter wonderland, despite the fact the weather had fooled us into thinking it was spring in February just the week before. We took Red to school, and watched the cars fishtail back up our street after, Small shrieking with delight while I…

Snap It Outdoors: Skipping School

I accidentally booked a vacation that overlapped with Red’s first day of kindergarten. School started the day after the solar eclipse, and went back especially early in August. I was annoyed with myself, but the trip was booked.  He could start the next day. And instead we spent a glorious day biking around Ponderosa State…

Snap It Outdoors: Me Time

It’s a cold day. It’s day 4 of my husband being away. The kids have been sick. But the snow is calling! I pack the car the night before, determined not to waste my intention. We drive in caravan with all the other hopefuls, cresting the corners to be met by the blinding sun as…

Snap It Outdoors: Outdoor Art

We visit our local nature center a lot; it’s next door to our closest park and right next to the greenbelt where we love to ride our bikes. All within a mile of our house, we’re so lucky! Despite having visited many, many times, there’s always something new to us that catches our eye. This…

Snap It Outdoors: Indoors

Sometimes we just can’t get outdoors.  Kids are sick.  This mama is sick.  The inversion is kicking our butts for too many days in a row and the air quality is awful.  And then we paint, color, draw, create. Red is painting the sky he can see out the window; we have an amazing view…

Snap It Outdoors: No Bad Weather

A hat is my number one requirement for kids when it’s cold, and while Smalls was resistant at first (because what baby or toddler isn’t!?) we stuck with it until it became routine for every outing from the house.