This week I was called "a dirty hippie" disparagingly and "happy hippie" with much admiration.
My kids get dirty playing outside. Its true. Most of their clothes are stained with the good red earth that we have here. They spill out of the house often before breakfast and have to be herded like sheep back into the house. Particularly in bad weather. They love rain and wind and anything that makes a good muddy slop in the farmyard to play in. So I take the dirty hippie comment as a compliment.
The other shocker is that they have relatively few toys, atleast toys most families recognize.
But I do provide plenty of materials for making their own toys....see what kids do when they don't have action figures...
They spent all day yesterday making these and playing with them. The peg rail Wild Thing is holding? That's a clone ship. The other is an elaborate play scape modeled after the scene in Star Wars where Jabba the Hutt goes out to the desert to feed people to the monster in the pit.
Ummm....they apparently spent a lot of time watching Star Wars while in Ottawa!