Little Free Library

Trivial Pursuit: Book Lovers Edition Game PieceA while back I came across an article that introduced me to the Little Free Library.
I was instantly in LOVE with the idea. Both Monkey and Squish love books.
We have a few bookshelves that are overflowing with all kinds of books.
On a recent trip to our favorite local park a few days ago, I noticed two boxes in between the playground and the community garden, right off the walking trail. I instantly recognized the two boxes and exclaimed to Dana very excitedly “Ohhh yay! Little Free Library!” Dana had no idea what I was talking about, or why I was so excited.
Little Free LibraryIn simple terms, Little Free Library is a book exchange.
You are welcomed to take a book, leave a book or do both.

We ended up taking two books from the shorter box. The taller box seemed to be filled with books for older readers and the shorter one was geared towards our younger readers. I chose one book and Monkey chose another. I explained to Monkey that since we were taking a couple of books, when we get home she would have to choose a few books she is willing to part with so we can put it in the little box the next time we go back to the park. Monk was so excited about her new books she asked me to read them to her right then and there, I told her we would read them as soon as we got home (which we did). I saw many families go up to the Little Free Library after we checked it out. They opened the box and looked at the books but we were the only ones that picked out a couple of  books to take home.

Little Free Library
Little Free Library
Little Free Library
I’ve decided to keep a few books in the diaper bag, just in case we happen across another Little Free Library box. I’m so excited about this new addition to our favorite park. Not only can the kids make some new friend and get out some energy, we also have the opportunity to get our hands on a couple of new books for free. All around WIN!

For more information: Little Free Library.

Original article that I came across that introduced me to Little Free Library:
Book It: Bring a Mini Library to Your Front Yard

Thanks so much for stopping by!
-XOXO Lysa

Camping Downtime

I promise this is the last post about our recent camping trip to Krause Springs.
If you missed the previous posts you can check out the photos of the springs and campground here, photos of our camp set-up here, and photos of our food here.

Today I’m sharing with you what we did during periods of downtime.
Our favorite thing to do was play in the spring water. Monk favored the man-made pool.

Krause Springs | Man-made pool

Dana and Monk testing the water.

Krause Springs | Spring fed pool

Monk was the first one in the spring fed pool.

Krause Springs | Spring fed pool

Dana and Squish in the pool. It was too cold for Squish to be in the water but we did dip his feet in the water.

Krause Springs | Spring fed pool

Dana and Monkey in the pool.

Krause Springs

Monk played in the pool until her lips were blue, and of course she was the last one out of the pool.

 The man-made pool was about 5 degrees colder than the natural pool because the spring water fed directly into the man-made pool. I definitely recommend bringing something to float on when you’re down at the pools. It gave us a chance to get our feet and bottoms wet, but the rest of our body was nice and dry. I also strongly recommend bringing water shoes. We’re so grateful that we all had a pair. The rocks were slimy and slippery from algae.

Krause Springs | River Raft

The four of us on our river raft.

Krause Springs | Water shoes and amazing views.

Water shoes and amazing views.

Krause Springs

Squish enjoying the scenery.

Krause Springs | Checking out the turtles.

Monk and Dana checking out the turtles.

Krause Springs

Me and Squish.

I brought the kids a few things to keep themselves occupied when Dana and I were busy.
I picked up this wind chime kit for Monk. She really enjoyed painting the little ceramic pots.

Camping Downtime | Wind Chime Kit

Monk painting her wind chime.

Camping Downtime | Wind chime

Monk proud of her wind chime.

Monk enjoyed using the rest of the paint to paint a coloring book that we also brought along. In addition to the coloring book I brought some sidewalk chalk, a bubble machine, a jump rope, and Monk’s backpack was filled with books. I wanted to keep the toys to a minimum, after all we’re out there to enjoy nature.

Camping Downtime | Bubbles

Squish and Monk playing with the bubble machine.

Camping Downtime | Read

Dana reading to the kids.

At night time, we brought out the glow sticks and LED balloons.

Camping Downtime | Glow sticks

Glow sticks

Camping Downtime | Glow Sticks

Glow Sticks

Camping Downtime | Painting with light.

Painting with light.

Camping Downtime | LED Balloons

We blew up the LED balloons and strung them on a piece of twine and hung them up in our little canopy.

Hooray!
Our first camping trip as a family was a complete success and we’re all looking forward to our next camping adventure.
I hope we’ve inspired you to go out and enjoy our beautiful earth.

Thanks for visiting my little blog.
-XOXO Lysa

Day 5-After Dark

Today is Day 5 of the 30 Day “Photog Wanna Be” Challenge.

“After Dark” is the challenge for today.

After Dark | SPOKA night light, Twilight Turtle, and bed time stories.

A little SPOKA LED ghost night light that I picked up from Ikea about seven years ago, Monk’s favorite Twilight Sea Turtle that projects a few constellations and stories that Monk picked out for bed time.

Trollerella by Karen M. Stegman-Bourgeois (Monks’ current favorite)

The Piggy in the Puddle by Charlotte Pomerantz

Gregory, the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat

Miss Nelson is Missing! by Harry Allard

 Frog on a log by Phil Roxbee Cox

Tomorrow’s challenge is “Obsession”. Stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping by.