Monday, January 18, 2016

More Outdoors

Well, the rest of our California winter hasn't been quite as cold as the last post. In fact, the great "El Nino" storm we were promised has been a real let down thus far. Fingers crossed it picks up in February. However, because of that little factoid, we have been enjoying being outdoors. Mostly while poor Peyton has been at school, but what can you do? I know I've mentioned it time and time again, but we feel so blessed to live in such a beautiful area, and especially blessed to have our little community area so close by. It is gorgeous and we have truly loved having it and being near the lake. No complaints from these Mo Val residents.

These are the resident ducks we've named Patty and Malfoy. They are so friendly and always buddy around together, just the two of them. Jovie especially loves them, Peyton feels a little more hesitant around them, though she too enjoys them. One day we were feeding them and ran out of bread but they still hung around for a while. Jovie was a little nervous with how close Malfoy (white duck) was, but being the animal lover she is, just could not resist bending over and trying to pick him up. She was able to touch him before he very quickly waddled away.
 No food this time, but they still always come over to check things out.
 And I am so happy I caught the tail end of this moment. Jovie was trying to sit on the bar like Peyton and succeeded for a moment. However, as you can see, she fell through the bars but clung for dear life on it and swung there at the bottom. It was pure comedy.
 And this girl's latest trend is the thumbs up... my favorite.
On another day Wes and Jovie met me at the association after my workout there and we had a picnic and took a walk. It was really one of the most beautiful days. It was chilly, but the sun was out and the mountains in the background were covered in snow, but the sky was the perfect blue. It was a happy day and one I hope not to forgot ever.
P.S. She just had to wear that bonnet. 

And later that same week Wes had appointments all Saturday but mama really wanted to get out of the house. So we hit up a little local nursery that has a weird dinosaur trail and did some exploring. It's one of my girl's favorite places and I don't mind it either. Although I fear we may be breaking some rules with our wanderings. I figure if I don't look into it too much it won't hurt anyone. Yes, we are rebels like that. 
And finally, one of our last outdoor adventure days was yet another fun walk through Hidden Springs. A little area right up by us. I go there to collect sticks for crafts and the girls run wild. They climb everything and jump or slide off rocks. It almost always ends in tears (from a fall) but it's fun while the fun lasts.

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