Wednesday, May 6, 2015

My Birthday Adventure

Any of you that know me in real life know that I am not an outdoorsy person. But, I can't help but notice the change in myself and my kids when we spend time outdoors....even just a 30-minute walk around the neighborhood or playing at the park. It just makes us all happy and energetic. Aaron loves being outdoors so when I suggested a day hike for my birthday he was all for that!

After spending the day away from people, noise, devices; I knew that I made the best choice for how to spend my birthday. We had such a fun day just the four of us. We truly enjoyed each other, the kids didn't fight and we were all totally present because we didn't have anything distracting us.

DD03DD02DD01 It could not have been a more perfect day for an outdoor adventure either. The weather was amazing. It was in the 70s: sunny and breezy. We packed a picnic lunch and ate by a creek and after lunch the kids got to play in the creek for a while. My kids love water!

DD05DD06Elle, of course, made friends with three sisters that were also having play time at the creek and while one of them was helping her cross the creek, she slipped and fell on the slippery rocks. She thought it was hilarious! I was glad I took a change of clothes for the kids because by the end of the day they were dirty and stinky!

Our first hike of the day we did a small 1. 5 mile trail that took us by a lot of awesome rocks, streams, waterfalls and caves! There was so much beauty to behold on that trail and the kids did amazing! After lunch and playing in the creek we decided to do the longer 3ish mile hike. Not as much to see, but beautiful nonetheless and at the top there is an amazing look out. So glad we decided to do the longer hike. It was gorgeous! Harry started to get a little ansy in the carrier with about a half mile of the longer hike but other than that both kids did amazing all day! Elle hiked her little booty almost 5 miles without any complaining! Incredible for a 5-year old with really short legs :). She probably had the most fun of us all!

DD07DD08DD09Deciding to "unplug" for my birthday was the best decision I've made in a long time. I needed that time with my family. The biggest blessings in my 32 years are most definitely these three. I love my family so much and to spend a day with just them and to really be present all day was just what I needed! I see many more days like this in our future! It was that great that I might even give tent camping a try.....

We're good at having fun but not too great at the family selfie :)


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