Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Snake Lake Nature Center

Saturday morning we met up with some friends at Snake Lake - Tacoma Nature Center for a morning of play and a picnic. They were featuring a wonderful Earth Day event for the kiddos with some various hands on activities, butterfly house building, a bug zoo, worm bins, and more. We had a wonderful time out in the much needed sunshine with some play, a walk, lunch and the activities - it was a great day!!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter Egg Fun

We enjoyed a fun evening of coloring eggs on Friday with the Ross Family, a yearly tradition! We had a bbq dinner to enjoy the nice weather and then gathered in the kitchen for eggs and colors. Holly adores this night, she looks forward to it for weeks. Something as simple as coloring eggs... it at the top of her list!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Fort Steilacoom Park

Today we met up with some homeschooling friends over at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood. This is a wonderful park, one we call the 'castle park'. The structure was hand built by local citizens and is amazing - tons of climbing, levels to explore, hide outs, nooks, slides, tunnels, swinging, swaying, etc. There is so much to do here - for both big kids and little kids. I especially adore the fact that the little kids area is all fenced in. This park makes for some wonderful play, when you add in friends -- you can't beat it!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Stream Play

Yesterday we met up with some friends over at Wildwood Park. This park is just wonderful - it is a very natural area in which you almost feel like you are camping. Holly calls it the 'camping park'. It featured a beautiful canopy of trees, trails and paths, a shallow stream and a play ground -- plenty for hours and hours of happy play.

Hudson got to enjoy his first time playing in the stream. He played for a while when we got there, then more later on in which he proceeded to fall a lot and get soaked. I let him play and explore until he was cold - then we got all cleaned up and enjoyed the mellow part of the park... the play toys. He had a great time!
In the mean time Holly was off exploring the woods with friends. Up one trail, down another. Climbing over logs, scooting under fallen trees, balancing on limbs, trudging through ferns bigger than her and exploring her little heart out. She could do this and never grow tired of it!Over all - it was the perfect day!!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Weekend in La Conner

This past weekend we enjoyed some camping up in La Conner with family. The weather worked out wonderfully, the farms and fields were beautiful, we enjoyed a bit of natural play at Padilla Bay and also took in great food & drink. The weekend was great!!!

Saturday morning we visited the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve - Breazeale Interpretive Center. Years ago Bryan and I visited this park and spent a long time here enjoying birds... the park has really expanded with a lot more to offer kids (which is great since we now have them!) such as an indoor interpretive center -- which was fantastic!! We enjoyed a walk, some exploring and herons.

Later in the day we hit up the tulip fields -- photos will share that trip!