Living in an apartment with no yard in the city means that sometimes we find ourselves lacking in and craving space. Space for running, playing, exploring, and being with nature. Thankfully, we live within short distance of many places in which to experience this.
I make it a priority to bring Simon to places like this as often as possible. Whether we walk to the park, hit a local hiking trail, or drive to a field by a lake, I feel that it is incredibly important for a growing toddler to not only experience being outside, but also to freely discover the natural world at his own pace, and with his little hands. To be able to run off in one direction, and then decide to stop and look at an interesting plant or rock before running off in another.
Living in a state where Winter is long and frigid, also means we must seize upon every opportunity to be in nature. Once she arrives, Winter can drive us inside much more, giving us cabin fever and a longing for warmth and green.
We have rare days where neither parent is working, on which no other obligations are scheduled. On those days we can bundle up in jackets, grab a ball, and head to a local place with a gorgeous Autumn view, to take joy in having space.