Wilderness Toastmasters

On our family hike today, we stopped at this little gathering spot along the trail. In an effort to extend the peaceful relaxation in the great outdoors, I had each of the boys take a few minutes to either tell a story or recite something they had in their memory bank. It was delightful.

There was a dramatic poetry recitation featuring the Charge of the Light Brigade; a thriller fictional piece; some lines of a play our oldest is in this weekend; the scripture one boy learned for school last month; and a puppet show by Henry, with a hand from Ethan.


  1. I love your posts like this one. They give me so much hope for the future. Not that I don’t love my life now, with a 2.5 year old and a 7 month old (both boys), but it helps so much to see a little down the road to a time when they will enjoy one another (and hopefully more siblings) in a more cerebral and less, um, crying-squashing-screaming-taking sort of way. 🙂

  2. What a great idea! I’m glad it turned out so well. And I completely agree with the comment above. I’m in the same boat — my boys are 21 months and 6 months. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Wow, you guys are outside in a state of semi undress and not suffering from frostbite. Jealous!

  4. Love this! How awesome that you have your own classroom right there. It makes me so excited for my boys getting older and watching them learn from each other and have that beautiful sibling relationship. You’re a great mom!

  5. Hey!

    I found your blog after reading Kelly’s. Oh my…I had to laugh out loud at the title!! I’m also the mom to 5 sons. Mine are grown.

    So nice to meet you.

    I now have 3 gorgeous granddaughters and loving it.

  6. Awesome. Looks like a wonderful family day!