Today we took the kids to the creek at Cuivre River State Park. What a blessing to watch the delight on my children’s faces as they discovered sparkly rocks, the grainy texture of mud and sand between their toes and the blissful child-like ability they have to forge right into freezing creek waters giggling and squealing with joy as their not so child-like parents gingerly dip one toe in and recoil at the icy temperature. My husband was all consumed by the fossils he was finding, mostly plant fossils. Aralyn was “watering the rock bank with liquid gold” which she dispensed from her pink flowered watering can, red cowboy hat placed jauntily on top of her head to protect it from ticks and James was content to sit right on a pile of rocks putting one after another into a big yellow sand pail, announcing each time, “here-go!”. After quite some time was spent pouring gold over the rocks, Ara and I hunted for smooth ones that would make good rock pets to paint and a few for our nature scape centerpiece (which probably means I should clear off the kitchen table to properly display it 🙂 ) We ended our adventure by exploring a fallen, hollowed out tree trunk as wide as the play tubes at McDonald’s but with much less ugly bright plastic and absolutely no static electricity! It was exciting to come across the rock nest some other explorer’s had left behind inside the trunk for us to find!
As for now, we are all back home, stripped of wet muddy clothes and cuddled into fresh dry ones. Exhausted, happy and carrying the faint scent of outdoors mixed with sunscreen as we crash into beds for naps. I may just take one too- the sun has a way of making me happily tired like Thanksgiving turkey.
*NOTE- a quick house update: I hadn’t posted in a while as thing have been a little crazy here navigating the loss of a house we were under contract and supposed to close on, finding a new house we are currently under contract for and living out of boxes. I’ll try to keep you posted!
*NOTE- a quick twin update: The girls are 27 weeks along and doing great! We had an ultrasound last week and they are growing right on target and kicking me up (and each other) in the process.