I try to have some sort of outing each day for the kids.  We did not join a pool (I’m not a huge hang at the pool girl anyway) and since I am trying to get ready for a show next weekend, the kids are spending lots of time at home doing not much while I sew away.  I have found that a few hours of concentrated time with them each day seems to fill them up enough that I can get work done the rest of the day.  Eases my mom guilt quite a bit too!

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Our daily activities include quick trips to a neighbor’s pool, bike rides, the library, visits to friends & last friday was a trip to our local audubon nature reserve with a printed out scavenger hunt.  This was a great hunt- fun and easy.  I was as determined to get it done as the kids were!

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After the obligatory playing by the water fall and then playing billy goat gruff on the bridge (this is a tradition that my husband played on this same bridge as a child and we HAVE to play it everytime we come to the sanctuary- I was the big billy goat gruff and although I don’t have a picture you can imagine the scene of PG billy goat fake kicking her 4 year old for yourself.), we got down to business on the trail with our hunt.  The whole excursion took about 2 hours.

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We also added our own things like seeing a chipmunk, hearing a bull frog and seeing lots of mushrooms…

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The kids actually had to take 3 of the 4 mushroom pics since after taking the first one my ever growing belly was not letting me back down on the ground in that position again.  Good job kids!  Anybody a mushroom expert out there and can tell me what kinds these are?

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Most of our simple outings are not too memorable but this one was really nice.  Thanks to chainsg super mom for making up the scavenger hunt list!  I am always looking for easy & FREE ways to help entertain the kids so I hope this may inspire you too!  Now back to that sewing machine…

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