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Our Nature Day

I like strawberry picking but I LOVE blueberry picking.   It's just so much more enjoyable. You can stand instead of crouch. The berries are more plentiful and more delicious.  
I was so excited that the season began last week and we all went berry picking last Saturday morning. Such began our day with nature!

 Cole was quite the picker and filled his bucket almost to the top!

 Charlotte  picked for a little bit, wandered and let Brendan fill up her bucket, and of course when we were ready to leave she as concentrating hard on picking!

 Cole has always been a huge blueberry fan and eats them by the handful!

After we picked our blueberries I was ready to move onto raspberries.  In  years past I have gone when the are already overpicked and I have had very scare pickings. This year was wonderful! I have already made a raspberry white chocolate cake that was so good. The rest I have just been eating and eating! Cole is the only other one who eats them.  

Once the kids realized they would have to reach through thorny bushes to get to the raspberries they quickly lost interest. They and Brendan went back to the front of the farm while I picked in peace! It was so nice. :)


 We'll be back again soon!

 For lunch we (when I say "we", I mean "I")  decided to head to the Robert Frost farm only minutes away and explore all of the trails back there. We were promised a pond but we lost our way through the many trails and never found it!  I've since been told where it is so we'll go back again soon.
I really enjoyed being at the farm. I had read some history of it and the Frost family on the website prior to going and it really intrigued me!  As I walked the trails I imagined the family years and years ago walking the same trails and exploring the same woods.   I pointed out every different kind of mushroom to Charlotte and we looked for bugs.  It was short but fun!

 There is something so darling about a father holding hands with his child.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. 

I can imagine him in the woods writing this poem!  I was born in the wrong era, I tell you. Put me in the Victorian Age (or just a little later) and I would have been very happy!

 We stopped for lunch on the little bridge and then explored the stream for a little bit.  It was so relaxing!

 And then it was time for the ultimate nature test....camping!!  Luckily it was just camping at the Chau Family Campground (aka their awesome backyard)  but it was an adventure nevertheless!  Our tent was once Brendan's parents.  It was the biggest of the tents but also the oldest!  We can see why they got away from the aluminum poles (not sturdy!) and the canvas (so cold!).  But it was fun to try it out and I survived (with an air mattress and the comfort of knowing I could use the bathroom in the house!).  The kids had an absolutely blast.

 Our tent was a hit because it was the biggest. But  because it couldn't withstand too much jumping and bouncing it collapsed on the kids and we had to call it quits on playing in there! Thankfully it stayed up during the night for sleeping!

 Have dress up box and princess doll, and Charlotte WILL find it. She knows exactly where Meisee's dress up clothes are now!

 Princess and Prince Lindholms. :)

 The firepit that San made was the best!  So perfect for s'mores, conversation, and lounging.

 Jedi challenges were the hit of the night.  Sam, Zach, and Cole had just attended Jedi camp and to say they had fun is a complete understatement.  It was so well organized that their "battles" were choreographed by the instructor!  One battle to lose and another to win.  Hence,  battles to practice with and show Zach  C. and Olivia too!  They did this all night and again the next morning.  

 Maddie is one of the sweetest dogs you'll ever meet.  Charlotte adored her.

 Obligatory s'more shot.


And that was our nature day/night.  We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  This weekend is our beach weekend...we'll be off to different beaches both Saturday and Sunday!  


Lisa said...

Excellent day! nature themed to the maximum! Such fun! I definitely need to check out The Frost Farm! It looks so nice, I cannot believe we have never been, I guess I didn't realize there were trails there! DUH! poem!

Rob and the kids have picked 6 pints of raspberies this week! Unfortunately everyone likes them, so there are about 20 left. We are back tomorrow morning for blueberries though.

I love your tent party! The kids looked like they had so much fun! And I bet they slept great after all the fresh air. There's just something about camping (aside from always feeling dirty!) that is just the best experience! And I love your tent! I remember when I was little my Uncle had a very similar tent... I think they complained of the same things!

PS. I just FINALLY started watching SYTYCD! I can't go to bed!

PSS. Looking forward to Sunday! You guys are going to be total beach bums! Two times in one weekend!

Abby Chau said...

Somehow I missed this post. I love it! That shot of the three boys is fantastic. Jake and Dianna in the tiarra is pretty good too :)

It's a wonder your kids could stay up until 9:15 after such a busy day~