I hope that Charlotte and Henry will grow up to remember picking fresh tomatoes at Turtle Creek Gardens, rolling out fresh pasta with Mom, and having the whole house smell like roasted garlic so Dad can make hummus.
We returned home from a long summer trip recently and it was a learning experience for all. Kym and I discovered a new fondness for flying compared to driving. Charlotte was able to build a hotel in the sand by the beach. Her beachfront property experienced several tidal disasters before she gave up on the endeavor coined “Hotel Charlotte”. Henry discovered a new love for pasta made by Uncle Joe. By discover I mean devour.
Charlotte loved camping in Rhinelander. Henry enjoyed his time eating nature. He eventually learned that nature belongs on the ground – not in his mouth. Only a few leaves and rocks made their happy journey to the digestive system. An unforgettable experience for the leaves, rocks, and Henry. An unforgettable experience for all of us. It is amazing how nature and being away from home tends to do that.
Henry explored John Muir in the Southern Kettle Moraine recently. Don’t worry, we didn’t just let him crawl around out there. He doesn’t have the same fear of grass that Charlotte did at that age. He really enjoyed being hauled around on Kym’s back through the trails. I also noticed that he signs when he is hitch-hiking a ride. Typically he is signing milk, sometimes I wish I could read his mind. Although if I read his mind he would probably just be saying: “I want milk, I want milk, I want milk…”, so maybe there is nothing of interest at this point.
We purchased an Osprey Poco Plus and have been testing it out for our planned camping trip through Canada, Maine, Connecticut, and Maryland. The child carrier makes it easier to get out and exercise with the kids while distributing the weight well. Charlotte is able to fit in it as well, but we will reserve that for when her legs don’t want to hike anymore. She is happy to run along the trail and explore as much as possible. Most of the time hopping on rocks and touching trees.
Mother Nature has this magnificent way to keep children fascinated, active, and immediately put them to sleep when they get back in the car. I am somewhat envious of the controlled-narcoleptic hypnotism that she can cast on children at will. The best way for Henry or Charlotte to nap or sleep is to take a walk or hike outside shortly before nap time or bed time and then it is lights out. Unfortunately, all too often mother nature’s spell works on children at heart as well.
— Chris Smith (@cgsmith105) April 16, 2015