Get outside! (And maybe find a secret garden)

You know when you have one of those mornings that are just off? Everyone is out of sorts (including Mom), and you have this feeling that the day is just going to go from bad to worse if you don’t do something to change course.

This is when I have to remember, oh yeah, I’m the adult here, it’s up to me to change my attitude first and then we can think about the kids’ attitudes!

It’s no surprise that getting outside is usually one of the best ways to change everyone’s outlook. The fresh air, sunshine, leaves, flowers, and ability to run free a little does wonders for children.

This morning it was fairly cloudy, but not at all cold. I’ve learned that I can’t wait for the sun. If it isn’t too windy (I wonder if I’ll ever get used to this wind!) or too cold and rainy, we need to head outside and take advantage.

(I took these photos using the iPod because I find it hard to take good pictures with my camera if Brian isn’t there to help with the kids. But I’m so incredibly thankful for the iPod to capture moments that I otherwise wouldn’t have.)

I find the hardest part of going out with the kids is just getting out the door. Socks, shoes, coats, hats times four, and it takes quite a few minutes to get going. And sometimes it would, quite honestly, just be so much easier to set them in front of Little Bear. You know what I mean?

But when this is what you see standing in the playground close to your house, there really is no reason at all to not get outside and enjoy it.


All around St Andrews there are lovely paths the cut through different parts of the town. These make for nice shortcuts for the pedestrian life or for taking leisurely walks. In this particular part of the Laed Braes there are two levels of paths. The top part is wider and smoother, but the one down by the water is much more fun. We like to do both.

Since most of the trees don’t have leaves on them this time of year we can see a little further beyond the path than normal. I’m looking forward though to walking here when it is all full of leaves.

It was so wonderful to see signs of spring peeking their way out!

Romping around gathering nature finds is good for body and spirit. I probably don’t need to tell you that baths were the very first thing we did after coming home, do I?

A little playground fun always makes this boy smile. Also mud…

We were reminded we were in Scotland when we saw this.

“Mommy, pleeeeease can I go in?”

Who am I to say no when a “secret” door is beckoning.

Inside the garden. I’m continually amazed at how much Olivia thrives in nature. She is so scared when she is around people and will not leave my side. But put her outside in nature and she just runs off and forgets (in a good way) that I even exist. So refreshing to see, and a great reminder that we need to get outside as much as possible.

The door. Because of course I had to take a picture of the door.

And then as we were walking home, the sun peeked its way through the clouds, and I may have done a little happy dance.

The effort required is minimal compared to the benefits. If you live in a northern climate that gets little sun, getting outside is extremely important. One sure fire way of getting rid of the winter blues is to breathe in some fresh air enjoying the outdoors.

And who knows, you might find a secret garden just up the road from your house. 😉


  1. How exciting! I can’t wait to visit your Secret Garden! It looks delightful and with 4 sweeties along it would be fantastic!

  2. Oooh! It looks like such a neat find! (I’m totally jealous of the signs of spring. I fear it will never come here! What a winter it’s been)

  3. What a fun way to fight off winter blues! Love your photos, and never would have guess you had taken them with an ipod!

  4. Finally found my way back here again! Loved your discovery of a secret garden! How fun is that! Glad you have some bits of spring around! Over here we have yet another snowfall.


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