Little Tiger's kindergarten teacher has a saying, "There's no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes." I love that she tells the kids this. I want my daughters to embrace nature in ALL of its forms, but I'm still having trouble with that myself.
We have been blessed with some beautiful fall days, more than one of which was devoted to apple picking here. I love that the apples are close enough to the ground that little arms can reach most of them. One of the best parts about any fruit picking adventure is that no one ever complains about being hungry because snacks are abundant and ready for the taking.
Although I aspire to be as brave in the face of cold, wet weather as Little Tiger's teacher, I'm not there yet. Cold weather has driven us indoors more than once this season. Sometimes when this happens the girls look to me for entertainment. I've found that some of the simplest things give them the most joy. The Milk Belly Princess was captivated by this activity for much longer than I thought she would be. She pushed chenille stems (they used to be called "pipe cleaners," remember?) through the holes in this colander, turned it over, picked them all out and began again several times. She said she was mailing letters.
Both girls have developed big imaginations and try to invent new ways of making indoor play more exciting. They've been working for several days on this tightrope. I 'm unable to convince them that, no matter how many times they rebuild, it is still going to touch the floor the minute they step on it. Notice the yellow mallet from the Fisher Price doctor's kit just to the left of The Milk Belly Princess' knee. She uses it as a hammer. I think the Beanie Babies are her test subjects to see if the tightrope is stable.