yesterday the sun was shining, the air was crisp & the sky was blue. and i longed to be outside. so we shunned the to-do list for a few hours and took a nice long walk in the woods. we talked about nature, discovered new paths, stopped & listened to the sounds of the woods and walked hand in hand. it was a great learning experience, and a much needed break from the go-go-go lifestyle we have been living lately. when we got home it was obvious that the fresh air and long walk were much needed. everyone was calm and happy. i felt invigorated & exhausted all at once...if that is even possible. the kids settled in at the dining room table and drew pictures of what they saw in the woods and i put a pot of soup on the stove for dinner. welcome fall!