Only Sirah seemed to enjoy the flowers as much as I did. She took several videos of simply walking through the gardens filled with flowers. The video is simply her camera pointing down and out at the gardens as she walks through them, no narration, no special commentary just a walk through the gardens. At first I thought that was odd but then I thought how awesome will that feel to watch in about 4 months?
Today we simply went with our sketchbooks and cameras. We walked through the arboretum at a fairly leisurely pace just taking it all in. At times we would sit quietly near the waterfall and just be, at other times the kids were exploring and looking for nature and asking questions without any prompting. Several times we stopped in a particular area to take some photos or to do some nature note booking.
Since my kids were little I have kept nature notebooks of theirs. Sketches they have drawn in various places like zoos, arboretums, nature preserves, our yard, etc. I date them and write a description of what they drew and where they were. It is fun then to look back and compare their work from when they were 4 to when they are 11. These are somewhat scattered despite my best efforts to keep them in one book - that seemed to not work, a sketchbook would get lost and found years later, another sketchbook would be filled and sometimes they would just draw on random slips of paper. I am saving as many of these as I can and one day and will try to compile them into one single book for them. This past summer I bought each of the kids a very nice sketchbook with a nice cover and told them this was for school purposes only and they can't skip around or rip out pages in it. They are now all old enough to make this work and hopefully this can be the start of a new tradition of keeping them all in one place :) Yesterday we used those notebooks and each person drew a sketch or two.
After the arboretum we came home and had lunch and went back to our textbooks and workbooks and challenging our minds in the usual ways. We still got in several hours worth of traditional school work even with our morning excursion. I felt more refreshed, hope the kids did too.
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