Yes, I love heels, dresses, jewelry and all things girly, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy being outdoors. Now, hang on, let me clarify…I do not enjoy camping in tents, and I do not enjoy truly roughing it. I don’t enjoy being isolated in the wilderness with bears and giant mosquitoes and sweating so much that I could cry. But I do love finding a balance between the extremes.
I really do love nature, history, exploring and adventuring but in a more controlled sort of way. Granted, these days, our adventures are limited, but we try to make the best out of what’s around us. I’ve always tried to foster in my kids a love of nature and a sense of wonder and awe at the world around us.
Luckily, for us, we live in an area that’s full of history, beauty and nature. This is one of our favorite spots here in Fredericksburg, VA. It’s Chatham Manor, and it’s the perfect balance of history, nature, and adventure. This fish pond will keep my kids busy for hours. And it’s just so peaceful!
I get asked a lot what my kids do while Matt is taking my pictures for the blog. In the past, Matt has always given them his phone to do Pokémon, which was usually followed with fighting and complaining. But this time, I gave them a container and told them to collect things that interest them. No phones required. Now, don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against using phones when needed to entertain young kids. But when you can, try thinking of another way, and you might be surprised! Look at the beautiful things that my kids found, and even a snake skin!!!
A note about the snake skin, my son told me that I should make a belt out of it… he’s hilarious. It’s funny that he thought of that and mentioned it to me, his stylish mama. But in all seriousness, they collected their treasures for probably an hour. They were so engrossed in their treasure hunt that Matt and I had time to take a few pictures and even just sit awhile and think. No phones required.
It’s really a win-win. We have fun and, for me at least, I find peace and inspiration. The colors, the textures… it’s all inspirational and a great way to find clarity in an often chaotic world.
So, I encourage you, my stylish friends, to get out there. You can be stylish and explore. Marvel at the snake skins and magnolia trees…and round green seed things that look like grapes but aren’t. Walk down the path that has weird flying bug things without fear. They weren’t mosquitoes, so rock on.
Stay tuned for more summer related posts coming up in the next few weeks. I will be taking about the Fourth of July, summer accessories, vacation style, and travel.