Our backyard is beautiful right now with lots of yellows and reds, piles of acorns, soft breezes, and beautiful skies. I've got three kids that have played and explored and created a world all their own in this backyard wonderland.My boys wait all summer long for me to give the green light to head out back and play in the woods. During the summer, it's too hot for jeans and since there are so many briers and mosquitoes I prefer they not play in their shorts - mostly because I'm the one that has to listen to incessant, "My ankles itch!" and "I have a scratch on my leg and it won't stop hurting!" So, when fall comes around with cooler temps and a lot less underbrush, the boys spend most afternoons out back.
Annalyse is usually happy to throw stones in the creek and fill her pockets with treasures. And check out this fantastic treasure she uncovered the other day! No turtle inside, just a beautiful empty shell. My boys were convinced that "it was killed by a bear and that turtle bones and blood were nearby" so they spent the next hour plowing through leaves and looking under logs. Alas, they found nothing but we walked away with this shell that I plan to bleach and add to our nature box.