One of the challenges of being an SMC of two boys in middle childhood is making sure there is a balance between gender-neutral activities and more male-oriented experiences. You know, outdoor boy stuff where they touch things that are happier at the bottom of a pond and hold things that wriggle, bite and pinch.
On Saturday we took a guided nature hike that included a crayfish count for the county's conservation district. The boys had a fabulous time! We came across a rare female Queen Snake sunning itself on a foot bridge. (oh, good, a snake) Then our group of ten caught and released 172 crayfish in one hour. It's a relatively simple (slightly disgusting) process that the boys enjoyed so much, they went back on Sunday.
I love seeing them in these photos. They're doing what young boys are supposed to do--well, after I applied sunscreen, made sure they had hats and used Purell on their hands before getting back in the car. I may be a #momofboys, but I'm still a mom!