Yesterday I was determined to spend more time out than inside. So we did. First we went down by the river so Cordelia could collect some objects for the nature table. We wandered through the shallows and the brush. I just let the girls set the pace and the destination. We had a fantastic time.
When we tired of that it was time to head home for lunch and Elise's nap. Over lunch Cordelia talked about how much she loved nature. Elise slapped her food around the tray and laughed at her sister. It was good. Then it was nap time. Elise slept while Cordelia and I read some books and snuggled.
After Elise's nap we went out on the back porch to relax and play. There was chalk and play and a unicorn and investigating and it was lovely.
Later we took a nice evening walk with the entire family. It is these days, or their memory, that will pull me through a long winter.