Brave Horatius

by Stefani on 21-January-2010

It has been so warm and springlike here lately.
Highs in the seventies, gorgeous golden sun.

Water Bug Hunting
Spring's Near

Our thoughts are turning to rolled up pant legs and bare feet in cold water, skipping rocks, sneaking up on sun bathing turtles, and the pretty patterns that the light and the water make together.

Pretty Ripple Patterns

We ate our lunch on a strawberry print tablecloth spread over the ground.

They took turns being “brave Horatius,” crossing the river Tiber. No one wanted to be the doomed Etruscans though, so poor Jasper dog was assigned that role. He didn’t mind. He didn’t really want to cross the river anyhow. 🙂

River Gazing

We found our smiles in the woods, and we’re still wearing them.

Smiling Woodrow

We laughed and we sang, “Thank God I’m a Country Boy!” with the windows open all the way home. We talked about making dinner on the grill and looking for constellations tonight. We returned with pockets full of river rocks, mud between our toes, jars of moss and creek water to look at under our microscope.

Cold Feet

I love my job. I really really do.

karen January 21, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Wow, these pictures seem so impossible to me.
I love the winter and snow and cold of Ottawa, but, wow, these pictures make me turn my thoughts to the thaw!

Stefani January 22, 2010 at 8:49 am

Now you know how WE feel when we see pictures of real snow! Thinking of snow that you actually have to shovel, snow that you could sled or ski on, snow that you can build forts and snowmen with…. we can hardly wrap our brains around that. It doesn’t seem reall… like a fairy world. One of these winters, just one, I’m going to see my boys with REAL winter clothes on playing in REAL snow… but for now bare feet and the river will have to suffice 🙂

Blayne January 21, 2010 at 5:26 pm

What a wonderful day!

I just finished reading your blog start to finish! Both you and your family are very inspirational! You have given me lots of ideas for when I become a parent. 🙂

Stefani January 22, 2010 at 8:50 am

Goodness Blayne! Thank you for such a sweet compliment!
And welcome to the ranch! I hope your day is wonderful as well 🙂

Anno January 21, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Wow! Makes me want to get out the hairdryer and melt the two feet of snow in our backyard 🙂
Oh Canada…..

Stefani January 22, 2010 at 8:51 am

Don’t get crazy now Anno… that sounds a bit dangerous 🙂
Maybe you could scoop it up and send it to us?

Lia January 21, 2010 at 9:20 pm

We’ve been hitting the Greenbelt a lot lately, too. It has been so pretty, hasn’t it? Something in the air has been trying its best to get me, though. Lots of sneezing and watering eyes over here!

Stefani January 22, 2010 at 8:52 am

Oh yes, Cedar is lovely isn’t it?
It does strange things to me. I don’t cough or have itchy eyes I just get dizzy and clumsy and forgetful. It’s kind of disturbing really to feel have drunk for weeks on end. Here’s hoping those trees cease with all their love-making SOON!

Golden January 22, 2010 at 6:41 am

Jeez, whta do you get, a month of temps below 70? Wow! I guess we up in the NE hiberate for a few months in the winter and you all do it instead in the summer.

Stefani January 22, 2010 at 8:53 am

Pretty much. Crazy isn’t it? And now you see why I do all that belly-aching in the summer. We don’t get enough COLD to be grateful for HOT!

stephy January 22, 2010 at 7:18 am

It has been beautiful hasn’t it? I can’t make the shift so quickly – there’s a part of me saying “not yet” b/c I know what’s coming behind it 🙂 Can you share the name of this beautiful spot? I’m always looking for places to take the kids to explore like this and there aren’t a whole lot of them here. Thanks!

Stefani January 22, 2010 at 8:55 am

You know, a great way to find all these spots is to go letterboxing. ( We’ve found a lot of hidden woodsy spots that way.

I’ll email you directions to this one…

Miko's Girl January 22, 2010 at 8:15 am

Remember this day when you in August when you are sweltering under the Texas sun! The river is beautiful! I’m impressed the boys know who Horatius is. You are a good mama!!!

Stefani January 22, 2010 at 8:58 am

Oh I know. Believe me, warm days are SO bittersweet right now because a part of me is seriously dreading what lies ahead. Spring will be over in a blink and then months and months of hell on earth. I’m trying so hard to live in and appreciate the moment while it lasts.
We’ve been reading about Rome recently 🙂 Just before, we were covering the great Athenian battles… so I lately have been witness to some serious heartfelt reenactments of heroism!

kristen January 22, 2010 at 8:36 am

What I wouldn’t give for a warm sunny day!! Thanks for the glimpse, I almost forgot what that looked like.

Stefani January 22, 2010 at 8:59 am

Just promise me this… share your fall with me when we’re still sweltering hellish heat, okay? Stay warm!

Cassandra January 22, 2010 at 9:05 am

That’s it. I’m coming to visit. I’m tired of cold 😉

Toni January 22, 2010 at 2:43 pm

That creek looks so familiar!! I LOVE hiking a long the creeks here! My daughters recently went out to the one near our home and did a photo shoot of themselves. They love to be out there wading in the cool water!!
BTW, I DO have a cure for Cedar allergies!!

lora January 23, 2010 at 7:54 am

ohhhhh. i’m longing, now. I can’t. long. yet.
that looks like a beautiful day you had.
and i agreee, it’s the best job in the world! 😉

LaughingFamily January 23, 2010 at 2:44 pm

And here I was thinking that my little guy was the only one who LOVES to sing/shout “Thank God I’m a Country Boy.” Sounds like a beautiful day with some amazing guys – good job, mama!

molly January 24, 2010 at 1:12 pm

sounds wonderful indeed! makes me think of our last trip to a watering hole, which seems like much too long ago. we’re still cold and wet here. but you’ve got me looking forward to spring and singing a song i haven’t heard in years!

Suzanne January 25, 2010 at 9:01 am

Please stop! Your are making me green with envy of your weather…LOL! Here in New England I am staring at snow and ice:-) Lovely photos and I am now dreaming of Spring.

Dionna January 25, 2010 at 2:27 pm

What a beautiful spot.

I envy your weather~ low 40’s here and I’m longing for some warmer sunshine.

Visty January 25, 2010 at 3:36 pm

stabbing me right through the heart, you are!

simply heidi November 6, 2010 at 7:54 pm

I’m looking for another post you did on using your microscope to look at pond water creatures. Specifically, I’m wondering about a book you referenced and the kind of microscope you use. Can you help a girl out? Thanks!

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