First of all, I took a foolish amount of pictures (sometimes it happens to the best of us), and we were gone so long that my generally laidback mother actually came searching for us, thinking that perhaps we'd been attacked by bears (rarely, this also happens to the best of us). I told her we were just going to pick leeks, but we were distracted by all the other good in the wood.
Second of all, here's a funny picture of me and Aidan looking like twin, squinty-eyed doofs.
Onward! To the Big Woods!
I don't know why the girls went through a brief phase of muscleman poses, but I have a handful of pictures to prove that they did.
Wild strawberry blossoms, trillium, wild leeks, spring beauties (fairy spuds!), fairy tales, candy canes, cinnamon ferns, woodpeckers, popcorn, toads, frogs, salamanders of all sizes, trees, rocks, leaves-- it's no wonder we were gone all day. But no bears.
(One of the girls tried to camouflage her salamander here.)
Hey, look! It's the doofy twins, again! (The smaller and cuter one kept waving at the camera.)
She brought this one home.
She wanted to bring this one home.
Look at those socks!!!
Oh, I love these three pictures! Ezekiel was watching the girls climb the Camel Tree, and he kept unconsciously making the funniest faces.
I don't know why this sight warranted those faces, but I could have overlooked a frightening undertone.
We finally dug some leeks.
Brief pit stop to pet Miracle included at no extra charge.