There's a spot out in the woods where vine-laden trees are fallen down against other trees and bushes. The tangled web of climbing-delight is a place the kids call, 'Oh yeah...' (spoken with a sly-eyed nod). To be specific, the particlular vine Hailie's standing on is called 'Oh yeah' - everything else in Mother Nature's jungle gym is a secondary pleasure.
So last night, as it was getting a little dark, the bigguns went out to show it to their friend Paul (top left). Cindy was making a nice dinner, so I went out to call for them. When they didn't answer, I figured they were playing a game with me and hiding or something. I went back in a little disgusted, but then when it was time to eat, Cindy called out back for them again - no answer. As the littluns made the table, I went out to find them. I trekked through the now dark woods, calling their names, telling them I wasn't playing around and they better answer or they'd be in trouble. Finally well beyond our property and some time later, I heard a far off cry. I yelled, they yelled back a little closer. I continued yelling, and they followed the sound of my voice. Soon I saw the shapes of three bodies speeding between the trees, contrasting against the white snow. They ran up to me out of breath, excited and relieved, all talking at once about how long they'd been lost. They were so glad to see me. They recounted their adventures, the things they found in the woods, the threatening 'no tresspassing' sign, and debated at length who's fault it was that they'd gotten lost in the first place.
I led them back to the house, but they were still in a little trouble. They got a lecture about wandering too far away, too late, and not wearing enough warm clothing - really something disasterous could have happened - there aren't a lot of houses out here. Since they never found 'Oh yeah', they resolved to go back today, with Cindy, because she grew up out here and knows her way around the woods.
Cindy did take them, she even took the twins - in broad daylight - and guess what?
They all got lost.