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I love when we are in the country and the kids can just be.  Be outside.  Be explorers.  Be free.

It takes a little while for M to warm up, but before long she is bravely adventuring all around the house, the ditch filled with water from recent rain, the fields next to the house.  I want our kids to be content outside.  I want them to know how to keep themselves occupied outside.  My best memories as a child are outside–digging a hole to China that later became a bunker when we played WW2, climbing trees to read, careening around the yard in the wagon to how fast we could go, making dye from magnolia petals, azaleas, and whatever else we found, playing Capture The Flag for days; and then there were the other games that only a child can think up but which kept us engaged for weeks–Zombie, Gray Wolf, games that involved one skate and one shoe, games whose rules have been lost to time, but games that I remember loving.

That is what I want for my kids–the freedom of imagination, the contentment of playing with a shovel & bucket or stick or rag.

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I broke out the Hasselblad.  There is something about traveling that inspires me creatively.  Traveling and seasons changing.  I love the drama of seasonal changes–winter to spring, spring to summer, summer to autumn, you get the idea.  Those few days, or weeks if we are lucky, of change wake me up, refresh me.