Follow directions. And do your homework. #100daysofnaturelessons #day82 #the100dayproject I had directions to this hike's trailhead right in front of me (on an article we saved from the @seattletimes), but instead of actually READING the article's full contents, I just thought we'd figure it out along the way. There would be signs, right? Nope. It all turned out fine in the end (as it usually does), but I could have saved us some stress if I'd paid attention a little more! You can see more of hike adventure in our Insta-stories!
Enjoy the uncomplicated. #100daysofnaturelessons #day81 #the100dayproject This is etched on the rock outside of the condo we are renting this weekend in Portland--definitely a good lens to look at life through & after a few complications this evening (one toddler taking a while to get to sleep & a leak under the rental's kitchen sink causing the owners to need to come over while said toddler is trying to get to sleep...), I'm taking a deep breath and counting my blessings! #familytravel #travelwithkids #ukelele
Celebrate the small wins. #100daysofnaturelessons #day80 #the100dayproject It's the little things--like when big brother hands little sister a dandelion bouquet...when the toddler actually cleans up when it's time to clean up...when mom managed to finish packing the family for a weekend away. ... I can let those wins over shadow those missteps. Things like...caring too much when that toddler won't eat her dinner...getting behind on laundry folding...and countless times where I was more distracted and less present. ... It's good to reflect, but dwelling and looking for ways to be self critical is useless. ... And just so we can end on a positive note...more small wins: Taking time for a (diy) pedicure...witnessing the kids enjoying their own dance party...and snagging time to read an book! ... Did you have a small win today? #exploremore #abmlifeissweet #candidchildhood #unitedinmotherhood
It can take time to see the fruits of your labor. #100daysofnaturelessons #day79 #the100dayproject A shot of our backyard kiwi tree--it looks like the fruit is coming along nicely, but our kiwi actually won't be ready to harvest until just before Thanksgiving! And it's actually been extra long this time around because for some reason, the tree didn't produce fruit last year. ... Whether it's gardening, raising kids, growing a business, or building relationships, it can be hard to keep trudging along with little fruit. But after all that hard work and a little luck and faith, there will be abundance. It may take a while and it may not go the way we think it will or as planned, but it'll happen!
Not everyone will like what you like and that's okay. #100daysofnaturelessons #day78 #the100dayproject She may be proud of her strawberry loot, but I'm pretty sure, Georgia doesn't really care for them! (I say pretty sure because kids are always changing, right?) ... She could toss back a billion blueberries and raspberries, but will actually leave strawberries uneaten on her plate! She took a few bites here and there at the patch today, but never finished a whole berry--she'd take a bite and say, ew! And trust me, they are delicious! ... Am I the only one with a strawberry hater? Seems unimaginable to me! ... #strawberries #strawberrypatch #harvoldberryfarm #thatpnwlife #carnationwa #summersolstice
Walks in nature provide the perfect opportunity to dream, brainstorm, and plan. #100daysofnaturelessons #day77 #the100dayproject 📷: Tiger Mountain State Forest Feeling particularly thankful for that amazing Dad there on the right! So glad we got to celebrate him yesterday. Aside from being an amazing Dad, he's also the king of planning and brainstorming. We often end up dreaming up a trip on our hikes or talking through our itineraries. Up next: Portland, Oregon. What about you? What's the next trip on your calendar? #forceofnature #keepitwild #hike365
Post-rain hikes are the best for seeing the forest sparkle and shine. And a head lamp comes on handy for exploring caves! 😉 #100daysofnaturelessons #day76 #the100dayproject 📷: Talus Rocks Trail, Tiger Mountain State Forest near Issaquah, WA
Laugh so hard that you need to sit down and take a rest. #100daysofnaturelessons #day75 #the100dayproject Learned this little nugget from my awesome 5.5 year old pictured here. Apparently when your mom joins in on a game of monsters in the forest, it's just about the best thing ever...thus, the laughing and needing to stop for a break on the bench.
Allow time for inquiry and discovery along the trail. #100daysofnaturelessons #day74 #the100dayproject Georgia learned that if she traipses through a puddle, she'll get her feet wet! 🤣After the shock of having soggy feet wore off, the kids started experimenting by throwing different objects into the puddle. Bergen was particularly interested to see if things would sink or float. Rocks sink, leaves float!