childhood unplugged

2017, childhood unplugged, us

Saturday morning started out slow, we ate breakfast and were bumming around the house.  We had received two free tickets for the train in the mail the week before and decided last minute that it was a perfect day for a train ride to Old Town Orange.  So we told the kids they had 5 minutes to get ready and get in the car because today was the day (they had been asking daily for over a week when we were going to go on the train).  They were thrilled to say the least.

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childhood unplugged

2017, childhood unplugged, us

Walking out over the water calms my soul, always has, with the old wood planks under your feet where you can see the waves crashing between the cracks of each planks seam.  The people watching is always great and certainly one of my favorite things, with the boys catching waves below, kids chasing and getting tumbled by waves, fisherman scattered along the edges of the pier, kids running down the pier with pure excitement of being out over the water, the musicians strumming their guitars or blowing their horns in hopes for a few coins thrown in a hat.  And if you top all that off with dinner at one of my favorite local restaurants, the Fisherman, I’d call it a win.

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childhood unplugged

2017, childhood unplugged, us

I feel like summer is knocking at our door and I’m really looking forward to it.  These long days and going to bed while it is still light out ain’t easy and quite frankly feel like a tease.  I am longing for the warmer evenings, the long days at the pool or the beach, the going to bed with dirty feet because it’s too late and we’re to dang tired to wash up, and the freeness that summer brings.  It’s so close I can taste it.

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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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childhood unplugged

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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