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Why we walk | SIMPLEKIDS

Ah, warm weather days and sunny skies! Such a welcome thing after those long cold months, right? Even a spring thunderstorm is nice. Dodging a few raindrops is worth it after that winter.

There’s not much I love more on a gorgeous day than sliding my feet into my favorite pair of walking shoes and hitting the pavement with my family.

We are blessed that the small town where we live has lots of parks and well kept sidewalks. For us it is easy to get out and about while leaving the minivan in the driveway and using the power of our own two feet to get where we need to go.

But, beyond convenience and saving on gas money, taking walks has become an important part of our family’s culture, enriching our lives in many ways.

Here are just a few of the ways walking improves our lives, plus at the bottom of the post I’m sharing a special reason why the kids and I are more excited than ever to put on our walking shoes and start racking up the miles.

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Springtime Bucket List: 4 simple things to bring joy this season

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Wow. What a wild ride this past winter was, right? And our household seemed to ride that rocky wave right into March. Thanks to illness for most of the month I feel like our family missed the changing of the seasons. However, at long last, spring is here and we are (more than) ready to embrace it.

While I do love a good list, I’m not really into big To Do lists for celebrations and fun things, mostly because I don’t need the guilt of another unfinished list.

However, I do think that a little focus and mindfulness never hurt anyone and, in my case, is good for setting some anchor points.

So, here’s our simple Springtime Bucket List for 2015, a few things this mama thinks would be wonderful to fill the season with:

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The Friday Five

Amelia on the swings | March 2015 | SimpleKids.netSpring! Actual, real warm weather! Hooray!

1. My grandmother passed away on February 28. She was 95 years old and we miss her very much. When I mentioned on social media that she had passed away, several of you shared some books that helped your children through the grieving process. I really appreciated this and I’m working on making a list of all of those books as well as a few recommendations of my own. If you have any recommendations that should be included in this list, leave me a note in the comments. Thanks!

2. It’s been “essentials only” around here the past week. And that’s okay. I’ve been remembering the 80/20 rule and giving myself grace.

3. In the midst of all of this, my son Max earned his yellow belt in Tae Kwon Do. Martial arts is something new to our family, as Max has only been taking classes for a few months, but I think it is safe to say that my son has found the thing that clicks with him. He loves it! Isn’t is a great feeling when you see your child in their element?

4. Speaking of being in their element, Max totally flipped for his most recent Tinker Crate on hydraulics. Note that I am an affiliate for Tinker Crate, so if you make a purchase through that link, SimpleKids earns a small amount (thanks!)

Here’s a quick video of the hydraulic assembly he and Lucy made this past week:

5. Last week we took the kids to Comic Con (because the family that geeks out together, stays together) and while we were there we met The Art of Charles Thurston who creates family friendly art for geeks!

Charles Thurston - family friendly art for the geek at heartCharles is a father of two who was looking for a way to share the stories he loves with his kids, but in a non-scary, family friendly way. He’s got some books he’s illustrated and written that are so cute and the artwork? Love. You can check out his work at his etsy shop.

art of Charles Thurston

And that’s the Friday Five for this week. Have a lovely weekend, friends!