Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Nature in Me

Something about getting moving in a nature setting does me so much good.  My whole body tingles as my blood fills tiny little capillaries in my fingers and toes.  Walking on a tread mill is good, but a hike through the woods or around a lake is better.  Yoga actually does this for me too.  I love moving.  My body loves it.  Sometimes, when I have been still for a long period of time, I forget how much I love moving, and think I could just sit forever.  Then someone, maybe a child, maybe a hiking partner, maybe Mr.Sunshine, gets me up and going.  Recently, we took a walk around Long Hunter State park outside of Nashville.  My Dad was visiting and took these pictures. Thanks to him, you can see I exist.  Unfortunately, you have to take my word for it that he exists.    

My children love moving to, as most children do.  And exploring, and doing exactly what they are asked and told not to do.  Like walking in the mud.  Dash went straight for the furthest, muddiest, part of the beach.  And in less than a minute, he sunk into the mud, and was stuck.  I hopped from rock to rock to help.
Dash told me quietly that he was very angry at himself, that he knew I had just said that if anyone gets muddy or wet we would have to leave.
I had such sympathy for him.
He was exploring, 
never meant to get stuck.
I remembered a time my boot had been stuck in the mud, 
and I had fallen into ice cold water, 
and my brother had to carry me all the way home,
And I remembered when my boot got stuck in the snow, and my sister and brother could't find it, 
and I had to go home missing one boot.
My brother probably carried me then too.  
We did not find it until the snow melted.

Elias helped Dash, instinct told him to go get Dash's boot, and help him put it on.

We moved on, and walked and enjoyed moments of quiet reflection.

Atticus had one "melt-down"
He warned me.
He said, "Mommy, I am melting"
He just couldn't go on.  He wasn't tired.  He just couldn't move one more step.
Dash immediately came to his side, just as he did when we
were hiking the in the Appalachian trail.

I don't know what he said or did, but somehow he got Atticus to keep going.

Monday, January 2, 2012

the day before the day

I just can't believe that after 7 months of being a stay at home mom, tomorrow, I return to work.  I am a mix of emotions.  I like work, being with others, accomplishing something, earning money...and, I love staying at home, cleaning and organizing, quiet, cooking and baking, my own schedule.
sunlight streaming in the bedroom window
sunlight in the kitchen window

Chance in the sunlight

Atticus and Chance, good friends

Right now, I have the feeling that it will be good to be back to a schedule, good to walk my children into their classrooms where they so want to be, where they are so loved and taken care of by their teachers and classmates.
The boys made these photo collages of themselves

view from Elias's bedroom window

Dash and Atticus sitting by the fire 

So, today I will spend getting ready for tomorrow.  And hopefully the effects will be long-lasting.