It’s Feeling A Lot Like Spring

Spring weather is here and we’re out enjoying it as best we can.
I gathered up some chalk, paint and paper and headed outside to enjoy the nice warm sun.

Monkey and Squish | Hello Spring | Chalk
I decided to introduce Squish to paint, and outside was the perfect place to do it.
Squish likes to touch EVERYTHING.
He also likes to taste everything he touches.
If you look close, you’ll see that there’s a bit of peach/orange paint on his lips.
Monk loves painting but has never done it outside.
Well, at least not on paper.

Monkey and Squish | Painting outdoors
The excitement of painting outside wore off quickly.
Only to be replaced with the thrill of playing with water.
The kids are not allowed to play with water outside during the cold season.
So they were quite excited to see me set up the sprinkler for their enjoyment.

Monkey and Squish | Spring Weather and Sprinklers
Growing up in California, Autumn had always been my favorite season.
Here in Texas though, Spring is definitely the season I look forward to the most.

Monkey and Squish | Enjoying the warmth of Spring.
What is your favorite season?
As always, 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.

┬áThe 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