Building Lovely Memories of Swimming, Spiders and Gravestones.

Welcome to the June Carnival of Natural Parenting: Outdoor fun

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared their stories and tips for playing outside with kids. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.


When I was little I lived to be outside. My grandparents had a beautiful old Willow tree in the backyard and I would spend hours swinging on the tire swing that hung from one of the thick branches. I followed my grandmother around her garden and I watched for seals and birds with my grandfather. We spent summers on Prudence Island. I loved water. I could spend an entire day in the ocean or pond or lake- weightless and drifting. At night I would spin and spin in endless circles and then collapse into the grass to count the stars and commune with the moon.

The huz and our kids are the same way. We are backyard people, park people, beach people. There have been summers where we have gone to the beach nearly every day. We are lucky to live in Rhode Island where we have miles and miles of coastline. The kids like to collect shells and smooth stones to paint. They build sand castles and swim-swim-swim.

We spend a huge amount of time in our backyard too. I usually get them a pop-up pool to paddle in (there is that water again) and they love to “help” me in the garden. I think they just like digging in the dirt and finding bugs. Last summer they found a gigantic spider. They named her Sam and couldn’t wait to go out each day to see what she had caught in her web. Han looked her up on the web and pronounced her a “jeweled orb weaver” (such a pretty name for such a creepy bug!). They were so sad when she died at the end of the summer, and they still talk about her when we find a fat spider in our house.

The lovely Sam Spider.

We walk in the park, we feed the ducks and geese and we haunt the local playground. Slater Park in Pawtucket is a wonderful place for kids (despite our scary experience last fall) and an entire afternoon can get swallowed up just wandering along the bike path. We were so excited to discover the bike path behind our new home and have been exploring it in both directions.

We love to picnic in graveyards. It is kind of our thing- it isn’t as morbid and creepy as you would think. We love how quiet and peaceful they are. No dogs or people or trash and there are lots of interesting stones and statues to look at and talk about.

We are very much outdoorsy people. I think it is important for kids to be active- to run and jump and play. I’m happy that they would rather climb a tree or go for a walk- that is so much better for them than vegging in front of the TV of video games.


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  1. Deb Chitwood Twitter: DebChitwood says:

    Fascinating ideas and lovely photos! I had never thought of spending time in a graveyard, but it really does make sense as it would be very quiet and peaceful. Of course, I never lived close enough to one to spend much time there. Definitely would be a good outdoors option for someone nearby.
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