We haven’t fallen off the face of the earth. Nor have we been doing anything extremely exciting. We have mostly just been in the normal routine of school and daily life with the disruption of a few fevers and colds. But it is fall now in Minnesota, and it is perhaps the most beautiful time of year here, so we try to get out and enjoy it.
A couple of weeks ago we made it out to Saint John’s for a nature walk. To help the boys pay attention to what was around them I chose a different than usual path and gave them scavenger hunt sheets with things to look for and off we went in search of oak leaves and acorns and different colors of leaves. It was a beautiful cool sunny day and we enjoyed the walk. I tried also to take in what was around me, in between the head count that I automatically do every few minutes to make sure everyone is still accounted for.
It is a bit of a challenge to spot much wildlife with my own wild bunch running ahead. But we did have a few encounters, including two grasshoppers which were attracted to the red of Gabriel’s hood and rode along with us for a time and a painted turtle discovered by the older boys and was enjoyed by all.
Of course one of the biggest attractions in this natural setting turned out to be a large pile of gravel. It was here we took a break for lunch, climbed and slid, and I introduced the boys to the wonder of the timer on the camera, which was the talk of the rest of the day.