Spent another afternoon by the water. There were other, much bigger plans for the day. But Eric got so sick we had to cancel and come up with plan B. The children and I threw some snacks and drinks in the cooler and drove out of town, up the mountain. Away, looking for a place we had been last year. We never did find it. But we did find a spot so much better. Always amazes me how God can take a day that seems like it is falling apart every which way you trun your head and make it such a special wonderful afternoon!
Often the rivers around us are fast moving, cold and have deep chasms down the center. This is ok for the older ones with a life jacket, but not at all for the little ones. But then the places where the little ones are safe, the older ones are bored. So that is always the challenge. Find a place where everybody is happy and entertained. And that was exactly what this place was. It had a shallow sand entrance into the water. Trees everywhere to collect sticks and treasures. Rocks for climbing and jumping. And deep spots out in the middle for the big boys to get in some jumps and fishing. I didn’t have to make everybody where life jackets. Or do constant head counts. A few times the boys would head further into the woods then I wanted them to. The rule is always be with in hollering distance. Now I guess that leaves a lot of room for interpretation doesn’t it??
Laura brought her paints and canvas. She was more sad and disappointed than the others over the canceled afternoon activities. I was so encouraged to see her sit down and paint. She is an amazing artist. So creative and talented.
We played for hours. Forts were built. Battles were fought and conquered. Sand meals created and served. Piles of treasures unearthed and collected. Not to much swimming though. The water was so cold and it was late enough the sun was not directly on us for very long. Here are some of my favorite moments of the day!
She is our little snacker!
Showing us how deep the water is.
Wild snap dragons
Exploring the other side of the creek.
The only “posed” photo of the day!
I cut off the head here to protect the innocent…but I can’t help but laugh…
The boys teach them young to sword fight around here.
The wretched poison oak I so hate.