Sunday, July 13, 2008

The 3 Things Take a Nature Walk

For those who were interested, we did not end up going here this weekend. After two weeks of being sick, we decided it was a smarter parenting choice to take our well and healthy chillins out for a . . .

Nature walk! While the Minto Ecohome secretly called out to me all afternoon yesterday, I knew in my heart it was not going to be a completely children-friendly activity. We needed a good dose of kick-up-your-heels family time and a whiff of fresh air!

We buckled Thing 1 into his new, very pricey, car seat. Armed with oodles of market research and data, as well as testimonials from moms of young children, I headed out to purchase the Britax Frontier last week. While Britax has been a leader in car seat manufacturing for some time, they only recently started carrying them in Canada. Thing 1 is a slight little fellow. At age four he weighs only 32 pounds . . . which is eight pounds away from the required weight a child must be to ride in a significantly less expensive booster seat. This seat should last us a long time, however, because it converts to a booster and can be used up to 100 lbs. With three kids who are eventually all going to use it, I felt it was cost-effective enough for me! (Yet mildly painful for our new budget.)

"Let's go mommy! Wilderness beacons!"

Upon our arrival at the hiking trail, we were greeted by this guy . . .

. . . who turned around to give us a better shot.

We were later joined by his close friend and buddy . . .

and his long-lost cousin, twice removed.

It's such a beautiful time of year here, literally everything was in bloom, green, and growing like crazy.

Thing 1 searches for bull frogs. (He found many.)

Mommy gets a break to enjoy the sunshine. This is my "Swamp Mama" look, by the way.

11 comments:

beth said...

Looks like a fun day. Love your swamp mama outfit!

Tricia said...

even your swamp mama look is worthy of the HSM title! Good choice on your wknd activity! And yeah about the car seat. WE'll be purchasing a Britax for Sydney here soon too. THey are pricey but I love that they go to such a big weight. I think ours just goes to 60 or 80 lbs though.

Heather at A Boy, A Girl, & A Pug said...

Looks like a great day.

Love the new carseat and the swamp mama outfit:)

Donna said...

Looks like a lovely day was had by all! Car seat looks great!

amanda said...

haha did you say swamp mama??

honey that's sooo funny!!

glad you guys had such a great time!

Beth said...

Looks like an awesome day. I have to say it looks like the backyard of here in Minneapolis.

Chelle said...

Wow! What a beautiful day for a nature walk. I like the "swamp mama" look, btw. That name cracks me up!

Thanks for sharing!

Kristen said...

What a perfect day!

Sounds like is was food for everyone's soul! :)

Landerson said...

You're a stylin' swamp mama Shan......lookin' good! Hope Pete's enjoying the new car seat.

Jen said...

It sounds/looks like you made the right choice this weekend. Unless you had serious plans of buying the eco-house, it would have probably been tough to just go "window shopping". But that carseat is a beauty! It looks like the cadillac of carseats and your son looks like a king sitting in his throne!

Rach (Mommy Learns to Blog) said...

Great pics! We have the Britax Marathon and it was SOOOOO worth the investment! MH is holding at around 30lbs and will be 3 1/2 next month . . . the carseat goes to 65 lbs, and my guess is that she'll never hit close to that weight while she's in it!

 
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