Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Backyard Treasure Hunt

Last weekend, while Husband's friend, Rickey, was here hanging with Husband, he treated our little ones to a backyard treasure hunt.  After exciting them with the idea, he asked them to help him draw a map of their proposed hunt.  Then he sent them on their way for proper shoes and coats, and of course a basket for their treasures.  After helping Asher tie his shoe, I overheard Rickey explain when Asher asked for a lift, that "each person had to make their own way." 

Husband and I smiled as we watched his hunting partner and friend from teenage years walk around the edge of the property with our two small ones, each fully invested in their "hunt."  When they returned, nearly forty-five minutes later, their basket was full of hunted treasures--treasures even I was surprised were scattered about the property.

They found a plethora of earthly finds,
and a candle...?
and what Husband called a "jarred Ecosystem...?"
I'm not sure who was eating pickles by candle-light in the trees or when...
but the treasures kept them enthralled for some time.

Thank you Rickey for showing our kids how to have a true backyard adventure!

I may have to set out on a treasure hunt of my own to see what other non-earthly things are hiding in the trees.  However, I did watch a coyote trot across the yard the other morning, and I have found a set of animal teeth and bones on the lawn.  Hmm...maybe I'll keep the treasure hunts to indoors!  I'm still looking for my planner and a few other items since the move!   


Ana* April 13, 2011 at 8:01 AM  

looks like they'd fun finding the treasures, they're cute!!

Amanda April 13, 2011 at 10:46 AM  

How wonderful! They are so sweet and cute! I'm so excited that it's finally warm enough outside to go on adventures.

Gloria April 13, 2011 at 11:57 AM  

These are the kinds of memories children take with them to adulthood.

Beautiful photos to go along with those memories too...:)

blessings to you,

Jennifer D April 13, 2011 at 12:47 PM  

Ah...I love Asher's face in the third photo...he is so intent, interested. Backyard adventures are so much fun when you are little, or when you have a little one.

kimbirdy April 13, 2011 at 1:51 PM  

aw, what a sweet adventure! i grew up in the country, and the exploration of the woods was just the best. this sort of thing is growing the creative parts of their little brains too! good all around.

Loredana April 13, 2011 at 4:54 PM  

What a nice guy and a nice way to keep the kids busy and entertained. Something different. It's amazing what you can find outside...jarred Ecosystem? lolll

I love the picture of your son checking out what his sister has.

Love the look on their faces as their examing their finds. I'm sure they had a million stories to share when they got in.

Libbie April 14, 2011 at 12:57 PM  

Totally adorable! It sure tugs at a mamas heartstrings to see our babies being loved by someone else does't it? That is the cites bunch of adventures I've ever seen!

Kristina April 14, 2011 at 1:39 PM  

I do have a sweet husband, don't I :) He loves those two so much!!! He came home that night and the first words out of his mouth were about their adventure!!!

a little bit biased April 15, 2011 at 10:03 AM  

I love things like that. Making good ol' childhood memories. Very sweet friend you have. Was that dried poop I saw on the table in black??? hehe

Shelley April 18, 2011 at 3:10 PM  

SO fun!!

The title made me giggle. With two dogs and six months of snow that's melting... we are having a different kind of treasure hunt here.

“You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” ― Ray Bradbury
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