Throgs' Neck Mom: Learning new ways to "Mom" everyday…

My Toddler: Halloween at the Bronx Zoo
October 9, 2009, 2:40 am
Filed under: Actvities for the kids, Photos

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To Nurture With Nature
October 8, 2009, 6:22 pm
Filed under: Actvities for the kids, Going Green

When the weather turns cool here in the Bronx and our leaves are just beginning to transform we pack the kids in the car, each with their own warm blanket and take a weekend trip to Grandma and Grandpa’s house in the Adirondacks to enjoy Autumn a little sooner then the rest of the New York City.  My husband hunts, so for him it marks the beginning of hunting season. In preparation, he starts to pull together his Mossy Oak gear, read hunting literature and engage the little ones in conversations about hunting.  (My daughter wants to go hunting when she is twelve but “not to shoot anything just to watch Daddy”).   Hunting is an age-old tradition so, for the most part, I approve.  After all, we’ve descended from a long line of hunters and gatherers.

For myself, on our journey to the country, I am on a lookout for pumpkins, good photo opportunities, craft inspiration and colorful leaves.    This year I managed to accomplish each: found some nice $3 pumpkins at Save-a-Lot, discovered Sun Classic powder laundry detergent to use on my cloth diapers at a Dollar General, took a few beautiful Fall photos, and yes I also found some inspiration.

Mostly, the trip is for the children.  By driving four hours north with them we have found a way to nurture them with nature. It is in the Adirondacks that they break free from the confines of our sidewalk fence and are allowed to explore the entire seven acres of property.  They are surprised that the pond which just a few weeks before was warm enough to swim in is now icy water– my daughter wants to know why I “forgot” her bathing suit. Instead of swimming in the pond they harvested rocks and threw them in.  My son loves the gentle ‘Coon Hound that lives with Grandma and Grandpa and takes her for walks with Grandma along the stream at the back of the property.   This year my daughter collected leaves, berries and wildflowers and turned them into a collage for her kindergarten teacher.    This was my baby boy’s first Autumn in the Adirondack air and at eight months old the experience for him was to breathe in the earthy aroma of the woods and feel the brisk country air on his cheeks.

The next time we venture North it will be wintertime and my children will once again witness the transformation of the property.  We look forward to their surprised eyes when they discover that the colorful leaves on the trees have been replaced by icicles, the pond resembles a skating rink, and the stream is buried beneath layers of snow.