Summer Walks, Picnics, and Creek Exploration

In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.  -Aristotle

We got a late start to our summer here in Northeastern Ohio. Our winter was long and followed by an eternal spring. When “summer” finally arrived, it was rainy and chilly. Booooo. But the months of July and August have been hot and glorious and contained all the good summery feels.

Today, my husband (a teacher) welcomes in a new year of students just as most schools are reconvening for the year. And though it may feel like summer is waning, the boys and I are holding on to her with everything we’ve got. We’ve been soaking up every last bit of sunshine, leisurely strolls, playtime in the creek, and of course – picnics!

We have a park behind our house that we use as an extension of our backyard. I’ve had so much fun with my boys this summer splashing in the creek and taking our lunches al fresco. As wild and crazy as Theo and Oliver are, their energy fits right in to the natural world. They can run, jump, and explore til their heart’s content, and this momma can relax, knowing there’s nothing they can break or ruin.

Sometimes we invite others to join us on our walks and picnics, while other times we keep the experience just for ourselves. As we were walking home from our picnic and time at the creek the other day, I looked down at my sweaty, dirty, and very happy little boys and realized that I was in one of those moments. One of the good ones. One that will most certainly become a cherished memory, for years to come.

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