One of my favorite parts about winter is that water freezes. Simple concept I know but it totally changes the landscape.
Like in our neighborhood. Beyond our backyard is this swamping area that we can't really explore or do anything with because it is just so muddy, weedy and hard to get through. But right now it is all frozen and there are trails, tracks and tons of new areas to explore.
So this afternoon, with two cousins joining us, we set out to explore the trails and creek that are just beyond our backyard.
Me and my sister!
I show Sam the same things all the time (rabbit tracks, squirrel tracks, mouse holes, rabbit homes, etc.) and sometimes I feel like she gets pretty bored/annoyed with my enthusiasm. But Bailey and Parker were eager to see things, ready to be shown and wanting to explore! It was awesome!
But everyone kept falling and getting cold. So we headed home.
Thank you FreshArtPhotography for the amazing photos! So fun to have a ton of great photos to match the good day we had today.
The Nitty Gritty!
I was ELATED when we found the tipi fort. I built a lot of forts when I was little. It was a common occurrence and something that I loved doing. But for some reason I have thought that fort building was kind of an "old" activity, that kids didn't do that anymore. It made me sad. When I saw that fort and this great space for fort building tucked back by a creek my heart jumped. My girls may grow up knowing the same joy that I had growing up.
But while we were eating dinner the adults all started talking about it and I was reminded that all the places I use to build forts in have been bulldozed down, paved over or otherwise removed. My family commented how it just isn't safe for kids to be left alone for that long, to explore a "city" creek, or to be in wooded areas like that by themselves. I was shocked. My parents let me do it? Why not now? If we give our kids the right tools can't we trust that they will be okay?
I am really curious what other moms are doing these days. Do you let your kids go off on their own and build, explore, walk creeks, play in the neighborhood, walk to school, ride bikes, etc.? I did all those things growing up and assumed my girls would do the same.
Am I wrong? Living in a dream? Nieve?