30 x 30 Fun: Week 1

What a week. I was sick.  Little Man had a fever of 103 degrees Fahrenheit on Monday, and general poopiness the rest of the week.  And the Dreamboat had a huge project at work that took up most of his time and finally finished on Thursday.

We are all spread so thin right now I am sure we are translucent.

To fight back on the sick and tired, we tried our best to get outside as much as possible, even if it was only for a short time.  I promised pictures and an update on week one of the David Suzuki Foundation 30 x 30 Challenge.  Here is what happened:


After a weekend of endless rain, the sun finally came out.  I took Little Man exploring and he found some simply amazingly dirty and wet puddles to play in.  At first he gingerly stepped on the edge and peered into the water.  Then he got brave and waded in.  I can’t even describe the delight on his face.

He would walk halfway in, stomp his feet quickly, stop and laugh, then walk out.  Over and over again.  It was hilarious.


This is when his fever set in.  We had a little bit of time outside, but for the most part we spent our time inside together.  I had bought Little Man a set of Clementine Natural Crayon Rocks, so we tried them out in the living room in our pjs with our snacks nearby.  Mommy drew him a picture of a stick boy with a fever and wavy lines and he did some fantastic scribbles.

[I know what you are thinking: “Crayons that look like colourful jellybeans?  Are you Crazy?” Needless to say I watched closely him to make sure he wasn’t going to choke on them.  He did very well with them and only tried to eat them once.  🙂 ]


By  Tuesday he was feeling better.  The fever was gone but he was still a little sulky.  We went to the beach for some fresh air in the afternoon.  I thought he would want to play in the sand a bit, but he made a beeline for the water.  Being that it is June and generally not the time of year that I go swimming, I was completely unprepared for this.  I stripped Little Man down and let him play in the sand/water.

He had a small smile here and there, but for the most part he still seemed tired and  dopey.  Still, he stayed in the water for a very long time, holding my hand, and checking out the other kids playing around him.  We even met a boy who was born the day after him and played with him for a bit.


Thursday was a little more low-key.  We spent some time visiting the Dreamboat at work.  For the most part, though, we just played around the house.  We ventured in to the back years for a mini-picnic and play date.  It was great!

[Note: The umbrella that we are sitting under is an SPF 50 kids umbrella that comes with ropes and pegs to secure to the ground.  We purchased it at Kids’r’Us for about $50.]

So we will see what this coming week of the challenge brings.  With me feeling better and the Dreamboat’s work stuff done, hopefully we can recharge.  I am definitely ready for the long week grumps to subside, and nothing get rid of the grumps like the promise of a great weekend.  What are you doing this weekend?  Did you sign up for the 30 x 30 challenge?  I would love to hear what you have to say.


4 thoughts on “30 x 30 Fun: Week 1

  1. Urban Nature Store inToronto (416-646-2439) has containers of grit + fox urine to repel preditors. There are several srengths I believe, but the only one I tried was to repel rats and mice with a generous sprinkling and it worked well in the city. Last fall,
    I sprinkled the cottage when we left,hoping the first people who opened up in spring
    would not be confronted with the usual awful clean-up. I wonder if it could work for
    weasles and racoons. Good luck in finding a solution. YAY GREEN

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  3. I just came back from a walk on the Prov board walk. Have been hanging the clothes outside this week, cremating dead chickens (weasel or racoon), playing with the horses (just a little bit). So, in retrospect, even if I had forgotten about 30X30 I didn’t do too bad.

    Sorry to hear the sickies lasted all week, You and Little Man did very well. Prov has a wonderful Huge new playground you’ll have to come and try. So does Mind. but Prov is better.

    • Thanks. You sure sound like you’re doing a lot outside. That’s too bad about the chickens. It is hard to keep them safe with weasels and racoons being so adept at breaking into things. I hope the rest of your animals stay safe.

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