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At least once a month I like to take my son, Archer on a little picnic date. Just us two. I drive until I find a spot that we have never visited. We observe bugs and animals; soak up sun rays or jump in puddles. It gives him time to connect with nature and me time to just stare at him with a big cheesy grin. I like to keep our picnics simple. I don’t pack much -just the necessities.
You can’t always rely on a picnic table being available, so remember to pack a blanket to rest on. A light lunch is all you need. An easy rule to follow is to pack the 4 basic food groups: (bonus points if it’s all finger food!)
- Fruits& Veggies
-But of course, pack whatever you think would be a good fit for you and your child.
Packing a drink is always trick, I have recently found that packing an empty pitcher and filling it up at a near by drinking fountain is the easiest for us. Archer loves when I add a powder drink mix! Win, win!
Don’t forget to pack:
Paper towels (and yes, you will most likely use the whole roll.)
I don’t usually pack toys. I like to see how creative Archer can get on his own. Here are some ideas of educational tools to encourage “learning through play”:
- Small gardening shovel and/or rake
- Sidewalk chalk
- Hammer and goggles (we like to crack open rocks!)
- Magnifying glass
- Journal and crayons
- Measuring tape
- Critter jar
- Butterfly/fishing net
- Bird book (for bird watching and identifying)
Our first picnic consisted of blueberries and root beer. Well, if you want to get technical, for our very first picnic I packed only breast milk ;) We sat in our back yard for hours and just listened to the sounds of the wind and the birds.
Call me crazy but I adore our conversations. Even when he couldn’t get more than a “coo” out, I could feel Archer understanding me. Now on our picnics we talk about trains and bees and the start of every sentence is “Mom, wha’ is that!?” But I enjoy every second of it. I love my sweet boy and I want to savor all our time together. I never want our picnic dates to stop. When he’s 18 and handsome with a girlfriend on his arm; I hope he still has time to go out with me for blueberries and root beer. And when I’m old and can’t get out of bed; I pray I’ll be able to remember the warm September breeze that sifted through his thick brown hair.
More than anything I hope that he starts to see how truly special our time together is. So even if I can’t remember, it will be nice knowing he can.
This blog post was written and contributed by Krissa Dubois | IG: @krissaleahdubois