Last night, as Adrain and I collapsed from an action-packed weekend, we talked about the fact that we have hit a new (and great) place in parenting.
One of our favorite family past times in the summer, is hiking. We're talking 5-7 mile elevation climbs into mountain-y regions. We love it. We pack as many as we can get into each season, and this year, our kiddos carried their own lunches. Ha! (You have no idea how happy this made my man.)
As we talked about our weekend, we realized it was the first time we'd pushed our kiddos to their max, and then came home, had another crazy day (more on that in my next post) and both kids still had their heads in the game so to speak.
It felt so good so see the maturity and growing up process in these sweet little ones who aren't so little these days. There were no pre-bedtime melt-downs.... no tears with teeth brushing.... just smiles and "what a great day Mom... when is our next hike?" From both kids!
Adrain and I were more tired than they were!
This is the best time of the year to hike in my opinion too. We are always careful to listen to the rangers and choose a hike they recommend... this one had some snow bridges (here you see a tiny one) and snow run-offs in the form of rushing waterfalls that we had to work together to cross.
The waterfalls always scare me a little. But again, we work together as a team and we are cautious. In fact, we turned back because we crossed a pretty big snow bridge and came to a crazy water fall. I looked at it, and said, "Okay... I think we're good now." We knew we wouldn't be able to go all the way to the top of a viewpoint on this hike because of the time of year, and the ranger let us know about where we'd be wanting to stop. (We didn't even get there, because I'm very cautious and my man doesn't push us onward and upward if I'm not feeling great about it. I love that about him.)
The smells were amazing... it was fresh and clean and of course the colors were vibrant. With snow still melting, everything was bright green.
We stopped for lunch with a magnificent view and really enjoyed the peace. There is nothing like eating lunch on a mountaintop. If you haven't tried it, I highly recommend it.
I always try to pack fun things for our lunches too. Just to make it a special treat, you know.
Of course, there is plenty of goofing around... I told these two to make it look like they were pushing the rock off the trail for us. They are so funny.
And this is where I got my feet soaking wet. I always come home with wet feet. I don't know why... and I'm normally the only one too. Ha!
We try and take time to smell the flowers...
And at some point in the middle of the hike, both kids start talking about ice cream. We started the tradition of hitting an ice cream store on the way back home a long time ago, and now I doubt we'll ever be able to hike with out offering that reward to these two hoodlums.
I love this man. He's a great leader. He always points out poison oak and such too... I got snagged by one on this hike and I didn't realize how much it hurts! Ouch!!
Apart from the company, the smells, and the sights... there's also the sound of dozens of waterfalls all around you. It's amazing. Each of those "lines" you see are actually snow fed waterfalls.
Such a great way to spend a day... and now my kiddos are off to camp this week so I'll be busy finishing bedroom trim. And then I'll be done with that project. And I'll never paint again. Ever. Ha!
Also, the winner of the Origami Owl giveaway was Erin Williams. Congrats and give me a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize girly!