No matter the season, I like to have gloves or mittens when I'm out hiking, especially if I'm pushing a stroller. In the summer the gloves usually stay in the car, but I was glad to have these #runlites mittens on a hike last week. Baby L liked them too, especially since they have flashlights built in. When I wear them, I feel like Wolverine from the X Men, only with lightsabers coming out of my hands. They'd make a great Mothers day gift for any of you runners out there. Do you have a piece of gear that you never leave home without? Thanks for letting me check out your mittens @runlites!
Welcome to spring in the mountains. I was surprised to see snow covered daffodils this morning!
Sometimes walking in the rain can be really fun...and sometimes not. Today's hike started great following the river of runoff. Little G happily clomped along in her brothers rain boots, splashing and smiling. But 10 minutes in the fun and games were over. We were all cold, grumpy and wet and still had twenty minutes to go. Three temper tantrums later we called Mountain Dad to rescue us.
I took the tots on a bike ride to celebrate #earthday. We watched a bird dive into the river, made sand castle dandelion volcanos and even picked up some trash along the trail. What did you do to celebrate Earth Day?
We found this caterpillar while on a hike. My daughter was so excited to watch it turn into a butterfly, we researched what type it was, set up a terrarium (in the form of a bucket with plants in it and a screen on top) and observed how it moved. She played with it for over an hour, watching in crawl along her hand, a stick, even our floor. Then she put it on our recliner and looked away for a second. Gone. The little bugger disappeared. Most likely in between the cushions of our chair. This just proves that we are not pet people. What about you? What animals are in your family?
Toddler hikes work best with friends. I changed my hiking mentality (article link in profile) and enjoy hiking with my toddler much more now. Thanks @dragonsandelephants and @eliseness47 for joining me on a @hikeitbaby butterfly hunt hike last week. How do you explore with young kids?
My daughter hates hiking. This is very sad for an outdoor mom like me. Instead of fighting her the whole time, I decided to change my hiking mentality (article link in profile). Now instead of hiking, we go explore ⠀ ⠀ On our recent butterfly hunt hike exploration I discovered another outdoor activity my daughter enjoys. Rock climbing. See that pink dot on the rock? That's us.⠀ ⠀ How has your hiking mentality change with kids on the trail?⠀ ⠀ Thanks for taking this photo @dragonsandelephants!
Here's a bit of pretty for your Wednesday. Do you have a favorite flower?
I'm picking up litter as part of my April Go Green challenge. Wanna join me? Check out my profile link. Earth day is April 22nd. What will you be doing?
Spring flowers. You make me so happy. What beautiful things did you see this week?
I'm awarding myself bonus mom points for exploring in the rain today. My kids and I need the outdoors, but I don't love getting all wet. I wanted to forego the hike I had planned with a friend, but she didn't get my message until she was already at the trailhead I couldn't just leave her hanging. Thanks to that social pressure, we got out and had a great time. Luckily it didn't rain roo much.
Spring has officially hit in our mountain home and I'm excited to get out and explore nature with my tots. How do you best like to explore outdoors with little ones?