Autumn has definitely arrived here in Alberta. In fact, it's almost gone. But this year, while I've been on maternity leave, I've been able to make the most of it, venturing into Edmonton's lovely river valley for weekly walks with the boys.
Last week I got the inspiration to turn our walk into a hunt of sorts. After reading Lois Ehlert's wonderful picture book, Leaf Man, to Colin for the the upteenth time, I decided that we should make our own Leaf Man.
I have never seen Colin so excited to be out in nature. In fact, this time last year I could hardly get him to take his shoes off in the grass. Even a few weeks ago, I had trouble getting him excited to go on these little nature walks with me. But Leaf Man seems to have done the trick. This time Colin was grabbing leaves off trees and getting down and dirty in search of just the right earthy accessory.
Unfortunately, this only inspired him to go further. "Mama, I want to see those wolves," he said. "Where are they?"
Oh, Lord! I think it's about time we read Little Red Riding Hood, don't you? ...