We've been taking daily nature walks every morning before Sasa heads off to work. Yesterday morning we collected leaves from all different kinds of trees and vines. We also spent the day collecting berries to bring home and identify in our books that we recently got at the library.
I picked up a small drawing journal recently for her to keep throughout the year. I like the idea of having one each year, so when she's older she can look back at how she developed and changed. We started out doing leaf rubbings in this journal. We identified each leaf, wrote the tree it was from, and used our beeswax block crayons to rub over the leaf.
We ended up making lots of pretty prints. Some ended up hanging on the walls around our nature table and others were given to friends. Others stayed in her little book. She loves flipping through it and naming all the leaves.
It's a sweet thing to hear her excitedly point out grape vines growing amongst lilacs, and maple trees that "we will tap in the spring." She's learning so much, so quickly. It's an amazing thing to witness.
And we spent the afternoon out in the yard. Belina (our friendliest chicken) escaped to join us in our play. We ate smiley face toast and played hide and seek with Belina. There was jumping like a monkey and swinging high enough to reach the clothes on the line.
I was really looking at her while editing these pictures tonight and realized she has grown and matured so much in the last six months. It blows my mind!
This is the last day my baby will be three. It's amazing how time flies. It's amazing that only four years on this Earth can result in such a bright, capable, extraordinary being. She rocks my world. I couldn't be more blessed. And now I'm off to finish some birthday gifts that the birthday fairies will leave tomorrow. Happy Wednesday!