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Walking in a Winter Wonderland….Time with My Son and My Camera

I hadn’t really been out of the house for days, with being ill and not being able to kick it. Plus, the weather has been just downright nasty with either rain or freezing cold that makes my nerves stand on end. I actually prefer when it snows lightly. Now that I am able to better appreciate the beauty of snow, I really want to be out in it. The wonder of each snowflake, the icicles, the formations all leave me in awe. I have missed my Fall walks with my camera. I wanted to see what I was missing out there in nature. The sun was shining and so I resigned myself to bundle up well, don the boots and hit the sidewalk at least for a few minutes. My son wanted to go with  me, and I really wanted his company. When he and I have time alone exploring as we do, I know it makes him as happy as it makes me. And we spent a lot more than a few minutes outside.

We wandered around and saw how beautiful the sun glinted off the snow piles.  We looked for icicles and saw absolutely gorgeous formations of them all around us. If we were driving by or walking by fast, we never would have noticed them. We saw all the berries left from Fall, and it was like they were almost preserved from the cold, some even encased in ice.

I was in wonder of the beauty God creates all around us. I appreciated the moments spent with my son as we talked about life and nature and what he planned to do when he grows up (which is a list of about 100 things, but all very nice assets to humanity). He had some things he wanted to show me by our local Ashland County Courthouse. I knew the architecture would be great of course there and I wasn’t disappointed. The trimming of the building are delicious.  He loves the old bell there, and the cannon, and he wiped the snow away from the plaque that told about the time capsule from 1976. He even plans to attend the opening of it, coming back to Ashland. I know it is driving him nuts what is inside it. He is such a treasure hunter. I watched as he wiped the cannon in various areas–brushing off the snow to find the manufacturer’s imprints, the years (1884), the little intricacies imbedded in it. He looked like a little museum curator. I stood and watched him, filled with love. His treasures are history, and though I too love history, I could relate even more as my treasures are finding the various photographic angles that are around us each day.

I know what it is like to be busy in life. I know what it is like to rush and work so hard that you never see your kids or go outside. Being on this side of that now, I certainly appreciate these moments even more. And I believe that my son, and my children, will certainly have better memories of their mom in their mind as well as in photos! I urge everyone that if you aren’t seeing these small things in life, appreciating the world around us, remembering history and appreciating it, that you stop what you are doing and figure out how to get it in your life without excuses. Nothing is more important than quality time with your children and the outdoors.

Here is a short slide show of some of the photos we took today, all which are available as prints for sale if you’d like a little piece of our adventure (please don’t steal my photos, they are copyrighted). Please leave comments and let me know what you think!

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Have Fun with Your Children

Many people are too busy these days and don’t take the time to actually “be” with their children. Working, running from here to there, mobile and electronic devices on 24/7, our kids are over scheduled and families just plainly over busy.  I know that our family is busy too. We are building our own businesses, working, volunteering, social networking, and more. BUT….

I quit my full-time job a year and a half ago to work from home, be my own boss, and care for my 3-year-old. Now, my time is MY time and my family is the priority. It does take organization and proper planning, but I can pick my kids up from school each day. I can do their homework with them.  I schedule time into my busy schedule to play card and board games with my children several days a week. We read books, I to them and my 7-year-old to me.  We talk. We bake together. We paint, color, craft, cut, glue, and just be creative together. We take walks down the street and examine the leaves, the flowers, the trees, the berries, the architecture. We talk about birds, bugs, mushrooms, squirrels. We take hikes to nature parks and photograph flowers, animals, insects, foliage. We pick apples and pumpkins.

So what do my children learn from all of this?  They learn that family is important. The know they have parents who love them. From this they learn self-confidence, intelligence, organization skills, love. Far beyond this, they learn to be creative through art and how to use their imaginations. This leads to thinking outside of the box and problem solving in future careers. They learn math, reading, shapes, colors from playing card and board games. They learn that everything is not about winning.

What else?

They learn science from our outdoor excursions, they learn the color spectrum for their artistic pursuits. They learn history, engineering, and architecture from examining old neighborhoods. For the older kids, they can apply what they learn in school to the real world.  They learn math from calculating measurements in the kitchen as they bake with me. They see how the fruits of the earth feed us. They understand nutrition and fitness.

I know that education and learning far exceeds what they get during the school day and it is our responsibility as parents to encourage their growth and offer them continuous learning opportunities.

What will you do with your child today?