Since I haven’t blogged in 2 years, what better time to pick it back up than on Leap Day? We opened the time capsule from Leap Day 2012. Ginger was 6, Liam was 4, Genevieve was 19 months. I had printed a list of questions and the answers are sweet and funny. The most important rule in our family must have been “NO JUMPING ON THE BED” written in all caps by both Ginger and Liam. Their favorite toys were their stuffed animals and Liam hoped that in 4 years he would be playing video games (no such luck there). One of the questions was “What do you usually pray for?” and Liam wrote “Wyatt”. What makes that so sweet is that Wyatt was still a few weeks from being born at the time and it reminded me of how excited he was to be getting a cousin (and another boy in the family!). And to top it off, Wyatt is in town today so they get to play together tonight after school.
This morning, Genevieve helped me make a new list for this year so we can add them to our time capsule. Our “Time Capsule” is just a shoebox that appears to be Liam’s small Valentine’s box from preschool in 2012! I’m including our question list for anyone else that wants to do this and so that I will be able to find it in 2020! Leap Day Time Capsule
I cannot believe this has been right under my nose for so long and I never knew anything about it! A while back I read an article with a list of waterfalls in the Kansas City area. When I realized how close this one was to home and to Price Chopper, I knew it was on our “must do” list for summer. We were running an errand today and I realized it would be on our way home. It’s definitely worth a look and because of its location so close to I-435 and State Line Rd, KC friends are bound to be driving by at some point. The mill foundation is still there, some signage, and picnic tables. After reading more about the mill, it has me thinking we should also visit the Trailside Center! I should also mention the absolutely amazing July weather that we have had that made this an even better outdoor adventure!
The kids also were delighted to find a couple of shells (Ginger is holding one in her hand).
There were plenty of great rocks to look at! You can see in the distance a goose coming across Indian Creek, he was looking for food and we had none. If it weren’t for his arrival we would have been exploring even longer. He was a little bit bold for me to let the kids stay around.
Two wonderful things about Spring:
1. Children playing outside!
2. New life! Leaves unfurling, flowers blooming, fruit!
Liam came home from school and put on his pads and Clay Matthews jersey. Since having a snack, he has been throwing and kicking away in the backyard. I think he is just adorable and I love that he is outside having fun!
Over spring break we had a fun outing to Cave Spring Historic Site and Nature Center. We went with Mom and friends, which made it even more fun! I can’t recall how I “found” Cave Spring, but once I did I wondered if I had been before. After talking to Mom, turns out my memory was correct and we had gone more than once as kids with friends. The great thing about the cave is that it is small, but you can go inside! The kids loved exploring. They spent quite a bit of time searching on top of the cave for the tiny opening that was letting in light. Finding it was rather exciting!
There was also a waterfall, which appeared to be rather dry. But, it will be interesting to go back in spring or summer to see if there is more water.
We also enjoyed the cabin ruins. It seems they were dismantled after WWII, leaving only foundations and chimneys. Lots of them! The kids found snail shells around all the stones and thought that was just wonderful.
If you live in Kansas City, enjoy hiking, history, and easy adventures with kids, this is a must do. And if you don’t particularly want to hike, the cave is SO close to the parking lot that you can just go see it alone and have fun.
Isn’t the tree with exposed roots cool?
This year I decided we would try the Sky Safari at the zoo for the first time ever. Ginger and Liam are old enough to ride alone and I could ride with Genevieve. On the trip back, Ginger an Liam turned back to me and shouted, “Thank you for bringing us to the zoo!” And Liam added, “it had been the best day of my life at the zoo ever”. Boy, way to make my day!!!
As we were leaving, they had to say hello to the polar bear. As they were watching him, I was struck by how red Ginger and Liam’s hair can look in the sunlight. Even next to Genevieve’s hair. So precious!
Last weekend we crossed of a final winter “To Do”…ice skating. With the added bonus of skating outdoors at Crown Center with Clifford! It was Genevieve’s first time to skate.
Genevieve and Liam needed a bit more help than Ginger so I didn’t get as many photos of Ginger. Because Genevieve was new to this, she took more breaks and got to talk to Clifford at least three times.
I happened to see Liam and Ginger holding hands and skating together, but by the time I got out my camera they had lost their balance.
A friend of mine also happened to be skating with her kids, her oldest went to preschool with Liam. She is so sweet and told me to tell the kids to skate like little ducks with their feet at an angle and it helped SO much. She even skated around with Ginger. I am so thankful because that really helped them out and by the end of our skating time they were all able to skate without holding on to someone or something 🙂
Warming their cold toes after sledding on this snow day!
Ginger brought this home from school. I love that she said Genevieve was always talking about Jesus! Made my day.
Just a quick post of pictures of the kids with their stockings this morning. They were up around 5:30 and begging to open them–yikes! We have a fun and busy day planned so I hope they make it through! Happy St. Nicholas Day!