Snap It Outdoor: Patience

I’m pretty tired, after a long trip back from Scotland. When it comes to traveling with kids and making sure they get enough outdoor time while doing it, I’ll write on that later. For now, I’m going to cheat and just copy an Instagram post I put up today. If you follow me there, no…

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Snap It Outdoors: Failure

Red is a perfectionist.  He is cleverer than clever, and that means his brain is a bit of a runaway train. The reality rarely matches the amazing visual he’d created in his head, and that can lead to anger and frustration when projects don’t pan out as he had planned them. On the chairlift this…

Snap It Outdoors: Feel It

When you are 3, there’s a lot to learn. And one of the first ways you learn is by touching something. We had talked about the number of rings on the cottonwood stump and that we could count them to find out how old the tree was (answer; we gave up, that was a pretty…

Snap It Outdoors: Peer Pressure

Red’s friend received a new bike for Christmas, and was itching to take it out. Red, after a couple of weeks of a bad cold and coughing, was not keen to engage in anything like hard physical activity. Smalls was excited to get outside, but had never done this trail both ways without dropping his…

Snap It Outdoors: Nature Lover

Red has been working hard the last few weeks, preparing for the school craft fair. We’ve made bookmarks with pressed flowers and leaves, wall hangings from sticks we found in the Foothills (which were given away before the event!) and he produced his own books. He made his own banner with a logo to hang…

Snap It Outdoors: Shadows

We’re in one of the most beautiful times of the year; at least I think so. The weather is crisp and cold, and so, so dry, that I’m using up hand cream and lip salve by the day. We huddle in jackets and hats and gloves leaving the house in the morning in the low…

Snap It Outdoors: Lonely Leaf

We worked hard on our yard clean-up this weekend. If you want to know how we persuaded the boys outside for big parts of the day, check out Fall Yard Clean Up which allows you to download a free e-book with hints and tricks to try to encourage the kids outdoors. As we were raking…

Snap It Outdoors: Chores

It’s hard to get my kids to help with chores around the house. Isn’t that the same for everyone? There’s lots of grumbling, requests for cash in return for the work, and asking how many minutes they’ve been tidying for now. Show them some chores outdoors, however, and they’re all over it. We baked some…

Snap It Outdoors: Changing Seasons

I’m currently sitting at my computer in a cardigan, leggings, and insulated slippers. On Sunday, it looked like this. My husband and I made it out for a quick bike ride while our sitter watched the kids, and even though I sweated through most of it, I’m glad I did. It’s that change of season…

Snap It Outdoors: Adventurers

We’re at our Cabin In the Woods for the week. Four kids, four adults, and so much to explore. Playing in the woods has never been so much fun for these kids. I hope they’re always such good friends and find many adventures like this to go on together in the years to come.