From our Labor Day weekend trip to CA: I talked him into climbing my brother and sister-in-law’s property for this view by telling him that the last time we were here (when he was 3), we found dinosaur bones. It was partly true...the bones part! 🙈And he did end up finding a “bone”, though it was really an old white pipe of some sort. 😉
Memories from our Tacoma day trip: He had just turned his sand toy into a frisbee, and was pretty psyched about it! Kids are the best little inventors. What have your kids done lately that’s impressed you?
Had a little realization the other day... If you’re like me, you might say and think and believe something along the lines of...”kids require A LOT of patience”. And you might wish and dream and pray for tons of it. (I’m not the only one, right?) The thing is though, I don’t actually need heaps and heaps of patience. I just need a little bit! Even the smallest spark is enough. Just enough for something great. For something reason that slight change or shift makes our challenges less daunting, and more free.
Instead of a waterfall hike (too dry this summer), it was a slug hike this morning on the trail to Coal Creek Falls...we must have seen at least 100! I spared you from viewing them here, but you can see 2 reproducing in stories (just click our profile circle)...Are you a slug fan or do they creep you out?
It’s a good day to stop and listen. It’s a good day to question and wonder. It’s a good day embrace the differences. It’s a good day to be grateful. Happy Thursday, friends!
A little pep talk I needed for today...There is an end in sight! Whether it’s the end of a long bike ride, relief from claustrophobic wildfire smoke, an intense tantrum, or a million other things that seem overwhelming—we will get through it. 📷: Fernie, BC’s Ridgemont Mountain Bike Trails
To think we would have missed this if we hadn’t hustled to make it the ferry terminal on Saturday afternoon... Rave to my 3.5 year old adventurer for racing almost a mile (bus stop to terminal) to meet up with Bergen and Slaed for a spontaneous trip across the water. And rant to me for not leaving just a tad earlier to give us some wiggle room. I’m so grateful it worked out!
Back home in Seattle, and feeling so grateful. I thought 6 days of travel alone with my kids would do me in, but instead my heart is full, and I actually feel refreshed (and maybe a little proud of myself 😉). And really, I wasn’t alone. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends made for an amazing, unforgettable experience that I will treasure. And this little guy is holding onto the memories tightly. Such a joy to listen to him retell his highlights...Kind of ramble to say—thank you NC for making this week with my people happen.
The 6 (almost 7!)-year olds at sunset. My sister, brother, and I each added a boy to our families in 2011. None of us found out genders early, so it was neat to see it unfold throughout the 2nd half of the year. With us all living in different states, it’s a very special thing (and a hoot and a joy!) to get to see them play and interact. So different yet so similar all at the same time!