Monday, March 26, 2012

A Visit From the Root Children


We welcomed spring last week with arms opened wide, we were ready for it. Actually, Mother Nature has been blessing us with summer like temperatures the last two weeks and we are loving it.

This year, we started a new tradition to welcome spring, a visit from the Root Children. The Story of the Root Children by Sybille Von Olfers tells the tale of the Root Children who are asleep all winter under the ground.  With the arrival of spring Mother Nature wakes them up and the Root Children get busy preparing for the warm weather to come. 


We thought this would be a wonderful way to celebrate the first day of spring with Reece.  When he woke up on the first day of spring there was a little gift from the Root Children waiting for him at the breakfast table, with a little plant from his nature table. He noticed it immediately and was all smiles when we told him the Root Children must have paid him a visit.





He had to introduce his new friends to his gnomes and the tree house right away :)

This is a simple tradition and we really enjoyed it.  We continued celebrating by doing some yard clean up, took a trip to the park and enjoyed a lovely hike in our neighbour's forest. Reece enjoyed his gift from the Root Children, playing with them most of the day, and that night he spent a good hour adding them to his spring nature table.

It was a good visit from the Root Children.

22 comments:

  1. What a wonderful new tradition. Love how excited he is when he opened his gift!

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    1. He was very excited, and really enjoyed his first visit from The Root Children.

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  2. what a great tradition to start! i bet tanner would like that book, he's been getting so excited as i show him all of our perennials popping up in the warm weather :)

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  3. What a wonderful idea Kim. I love the Root children and really must pass along your idea to my daughter for the wee one here.
    Have a great Monday.

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    1. Thanks Tracey, bet your grandaughter would love it!

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  4. What a sweet tradition. I love it. We were planning on a spring celebration last week, but life seemed to get a little crazy with the warm weather. I'm definitely keeping this in mind for next year.

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    1. Thanks Gretchen. I wasn't sure it would all come together, as we too were enjoying the wonderful warm weather and I placed my online order for the little animals a little late. But luck was on my side and the order arrived the day before the first day or spring and it all worked out. I guess it was "meant" to be :)

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  5. That is such a wonderful tradition! I love the smile on his face as he opens the gift.

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  6. I love this! I'll have to check out the book.

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  7. What a precious idea! I love it! I'm allowing myself the purchase of one seasonal book per season and I think The Root Children is my pick for spring. :)

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    1. Thanks! Hope you enjoy The Story of The Root Children as much as we do :)

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  8. What a neat idea!! Now I'm off to check out this book! Thanks for sharing. Your little guy looked so cute when he opened up his gift! :)

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  9. That tree house is so awesome! Great idea too, where did you get the figures?

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    1. Thanks Kc, my hubby made the tree house, and Reece loves it! The little animal figures came from Nova Natural Toys.

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  10. We LOVE that book. My littles like to go carefully through the forest looking for the Root Children to see where they are playing. Looks like Reece got some beautiful little animals.

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    1. So do we!! We look for the Root Children too and any little clues they migth have left behind. So much fun!

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