This week was Spring Break here in Ontario, and I had a house full of kids while they were off school. It's been a very rainy week, and after the first day of full rain, I could see we had to get everyone outside between the rain drops or they would be tearing each other apart by the end of the week! I packed them up and we tumbled into the woods for a few good hikes :) Nothing like fresh air in the woods where there are lots of sticks, water and MUD! to keep kids entertained and happy.
We visited two areas in two days. Lynde Marsh where we had lots of fun feeding the turkeys and seeing the beautiful Toms in their courtship display. More on the turkeys in this post.
The second place was Heber Downs where there are a few nice trails to meander around. Thankfully they are all toddler friendly (mostly). Of course you have to keep an eye on the kids at the top of steep hills sloping down from the trail, and the creek, which was running high.
Now yesterday, as you well know, was St. Patrick's Day. The woods we were in were swathed in a mist when we arrived yesterday, so we knew something magical was occurring. As we walked deeper into the forest, I wasn't too surprised to find that a little someone was peeking at us from behind the mossy green tree trunks! The kids, of course, were anxious to speak with him, but he would just giggle and then poof! he disappeared in a twinkling of green sparkles!
... turns out there was more than one in the forest ...
My own little leprechauns were most helpful with keeping this beautiful forest green. I took along a garbage bag and whenever they spied a paper coffee cup, beer can, plastic cups or bottles carelessly tossed onto the forest floor, they ran to collect it and we put them all in the garbage bag. In the end we counted TWENTY SEVEN cups/cans/bottles! Of course, my smart kids knew exactly where to throw these ... IN THE GARBAGE CAN PROVIDED. Well done guys! They were very proud of themselves and so was I!
Six for St. Patrick's Day ;)
And this is one of the crafts we worked on this week for St. Patrick's Day. I thought they were really cute. And just so you know ... once you put glitter on a craft it becomes magical!
Thanks for stopping by today!
Wendy ... and the leprechauns ;)