childhood unplugged

2017, childhood unplugged, us

She has been asking to spend some time just her and I, to take a “girls day”.  So we snuck away for just a little bit the other afternoon.  I think she was thinking more along the lines of shopping and lunch, maybe a movie, but with the little time we had we went to get another look at these wildflowers before the summers heat sets in and they are all gone.  And as we were walking back to the car she was sure to remind me that she still wanted our “girls day” to happen.

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childhood unplugged

2017, childhood unplugged, us

On school nights I tend to drag my feet a little at the mention of getting outside to watch the sunset across the street when all I can think of is washing the days dishes, tossing kids in the bath, brushing teeth, reading a book and getting everyone to bed at a decent time, but I’m always thankful when we do. The slower pace of nature and the freedom the kids feel is like a little reset button for all of us.

Spring is here and the hillsides in Southern California are greener than I can remember them probably ever being and flowers are blooming everywhere you look. I look forward to the longer days when the sun sticks around for just a little longer once the time changes.  And it brings the anticipation of those warm summer evenings that are just around the corner.  But the mornings, truth be told, they feel like we are actually being robbed of sleep somehow, I know we aren’t but getting out of bed when it is still dark outside has been rough this time.

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childhood unplugged

2017, childhood unplugged, us

Since this kid has decided that he is done with naps, although between you and me it’s safe to say that he really still needs them, I try to get him to take some quiet time to rest in the middle of the day, and maybe, hopefully be still.  I still haven’t mastered this, and I’m not sure how those of you that get your kids to take a quiet time all by themselves in their room actually do it.  But we’re working on it.  As you can see it all started out with jumping on the bed, like I said, we are working on it.

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childhood unplugged

2017, childhood unplugged

We spent the morning across the street, walking the dirt trails, collecting and balancing rocks and dodging a few being thrown into the water by a certain little 2 year old and enjoying the water down under the bridge after all the rain we’ve had.  I think it’s safe to say that these hills are happy by how green they all are.

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childhood unplugged

2017, childhood unplugged

We took advantage of our warm December afternoon and headed to the beach.  The water was cold but the sun was warmer than I expected.  I didn’t know how long the warmth would last but I knew if I packed snacks, buckets, and sweatshirts we’d get to kill some good time.  And the little broken sand dollar made her day.

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2016, childhood unplugged, kids, us

A quick picnic next to the stables up the road, followed by finding the best climbing tree and well, climbing it over and over. Then there were some contests that involved jumping off the table to see who could jump the farthest and who could touch the trees leaves.

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childhood unplugged

2016, childhood unplugged, us

It was getting close to sunset so I grabbed these two and we set out for one of the highest hills in the neighborhood.  It’s not always easy with the schedules of four kids, but being intentional about slowing down and getting outside with no real plan keeps us grounded and honestly keeps my head on straight.  They may have gotten three thorns stuck in some toes but it was quickly forgotten about when determination set in to collect the perfect sticks to build a stick teepee and an ant bridge, all while the sun crept lower and lower in the sky.  We sat and watched the sun dip below the hills in the distance and then headed back down the hill.  All and all I’d chalk it up to an okay Friday evening.

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childhood unplugged

2016, childhood unplugged, Uncategorized

Ringing in the last day of summer spent at the beach which happen to be almost empty because we are one of the last schools to start, which by the way I am not complaining about.  Now it’s back to schedules, running a tight ship on bedtime routines, packing lunches, and living half of my day in the car.  I am going to miss the unpredictability and ease that summer holds.  I’m usually more of a fly by the seat of my pants kinda girl and too many schedules can sometimes overwhelm me a bit.

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childhood unplugged

2016, childhood unplugged, us

We dug up some left over fourth of July sparklers one evening before bed and the kids were pretty thrilled to say the least.  We were all a little surprised with Jax and how he didn’t hesitate for a second about holding his own sparkler, actually he insisted that he hold it alone.

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childhood unplugged

2016, childhood unplugged, us

becasue this is the time of the year where we would rather spend the majority of our time in the water and sometimes finishing the day at the beach is just what we need.  its that time of year where we get to sleep in, eat dinner way too late somedays, and hopfully jump in the shower to rinse off the days dirt and sand, and then fight to keep our eyes open long enough to brush at least a couple teeth before crawling into bed.

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