Saturday, January 30, 2010

Back to the trail

"Here is this vast, savage, howling mother of ours, Nature, lying all around, with such beauty, and such affection for her children, as the leopard; and yet we are so early weaned from her breast to society, to that culture which is exclusively an interaction of man on man."
~Henry D. Thoreau

I've been waiting for this for a long time

for the time when we can drive a little ways out of the city (without any car seat screaming)just her and I
for a nice long walk in the woods
surrounded by animals and plants and very few people.Ever since I read that Thoreau quote, I have felt the intensity of the man on man experience living in a city. I wonder if my daughter will know what it means to be surrounded by this "howling mother of ours, Nature." I have wanted so dearly to get back to some meditative hiking and that kind of quiet that calms my ever-so-chatty mind. So I gave it a try. Wondering how much walking she would do or how much carrying her (and the backpack) I would be doing, we ventured into the unknown.

Our choice destination for our mother/daughter hiking date was Tiger Mountain. We did the 1.5 mile loop around Tradition Lake which took us about 1.5 hrs. The great surprise to me, she walked most of it! So we did it again the next week. So far, she really looks forward to "going hiking" and I'm loving the return to an activity that rejuvenates me.

The drive is about 20 minutes out I-90 at Exit 20, High Point Rd. Turn right on the frontage road to the gate. Continue on the dirt road .4 mile to the parking area. The Tradition Lake trail head is to the right of the bathrooms on a gravel wheelchair accessible trail. Follow this until you get to the sign posting Around the Lake Trail and follow the view of the lake on this dirt and rock trail. At the second overlook, the trail goes uphill for a short ways, until it gets to an old road that goes straight to the parking lot.

Have fun getting into whatever Nature you can~

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Holiday Thank You Cards

A simple and sweet way to show off my little one's artwork. She is really into painting and this was very satisfying for me too. I always want to use her abstract color studies for something. Now I'm honored to share these with family and friends.

You Need:
White cardstock
Colorful scrap paper
Glue stick
Painting tools: fork, comb, dull pencils

1. Let your child have it with paint on the colorful scrap paper. I limit it to one color at a time. Allow her to use tools to scrape off paint to show the paper color.

2. After the pieces have dried, cut them into rectangles that fit your cardstock.

3. Glue the paintings to the cardstock.

4. Press them in between wax paper. Place inside thick books stacked on top of each other overnight.

5. Mail to your loved ones!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

It's Winter

This was taken on a day when I couldn't take it anymore. The string of gray days had been long and I was feeling the weight of the clouds being so . . . everywhere and the rain coming from above so . . . constantly. Strangely, after I shot that picture, it felt better. I had captured it and it was sort of . . . beautiful. (Maybe I am becoming a true Seattlite after-all.) I just want to say that during the long dark days of parenting, sometimes just a little quest to express yourself makes all the difference.