Making Liquid Sunshine Lemonade

If the weather gives you lemons…  We’ve all been taking turns with a bug that has left us feeling under the weather.  Our energy is still a little drained and we are having a hard time jumping back into our normal routines.  I actually love the rain, but I woke up with a craving for sunshine, as if soaking it in would be like a magical golden elixir.  All day was a typical Pacific Northwest gray overcast one, with a steady drizzle- liquid sunshine.

“The rain to the wind said,

You push and I’ll pelt.’

They so smote the garden bed

That the flowers actually knelt,

And lay lodged–though not dead.

I know how the flowers felt.”

~Robert Frost

Showers gave way to sprinkles.  Finally, I decided that to shake my sour mood, I just had to get out, and the younger kids were willing.  There was an overflowing box of pop cans in the garage that needed to be taken to recycle.  On the way, we realized we had forgotten to actually get the cans.  We decided to continue on, circle through the park, then head back home after the cans.  So we set off… to make liquid sunshine lemonade!

girl biking in park Biking in the park

Biking with no hands Testing herself with no hands

Mom and boy on bike and trailerTrailing on the Piccolo

Threatened Kincaid's lupine (Lupinus oreganus)

Kincaid’s lupine (Lupinus oreganus) is a threatened native wildflower in the Willamette Valley.  As Homeschoolers every outing becomes a learning experience.  Almost every walk or ride becomes a nature hike.  The River Bike Path offers so many botany, zoology, and ecology lessons.

boy on a bike

bike wheels reflection in puddle If you are a kid, riding through the puddles has to be the best thing about the rain!

bike wheel reflection in puddle Puddles make very interesting reflections!

girl on a bike“A straight line is not the shortest distance between two points.” ~Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

girl on a bike bike tire with bike and girl's reflection in puddle

girl and boy with bike helmet in a meadow Over in the meadow, In the reeds on the shore, Lived an old mother muskrat, And her little ratties four, “Dive!” said the mother; “We dive!” said the four, So they dived and they burrowed, In the reeds on the shore. ~Wadsworth

ducklings in Willamette river Ducklings in the Willamette River

kids with bikes loaded with bottles for returning to recycle Loaded with pop cans from our family’s Easter dinner to the bottle return.

bike with baskets loaded with pop cans to return for recycle We were all making music with tires splashing in the puddles, squelching in the mud,  and cans jingling with the bumps down the trail towards the store.

“What are we going to do with the bottle return money?” the kids asked, this time taking turns inserting cans into a counting and crushing machine.  They decided on that yellow, sweet, and tangy beverage that reminds us of the warmth and brightness of real sunshine.

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