I woke up the first morning of our camping trip on Whidbey Island to chirping chipmunks followed by my now 6-year old saying, Hi little cutie... from his tent. I thought he was talking to one of the tiny rascals, but it turns out a deer had visited our camp site and was munching on foliage. After all this excitement, I figured we may as well start the day. We left the rest of our family and friends to continue snoozing, and ventured out on Fort Ebey's Bluff Trail for an early morning hike. ......................................……………………… We camped at Fort Ebey State Park on Whidbey Island for 3 nights this past weekend, and for the most part, I took a much needed break from social media/the internet. Do you take regular social media breaks? I'm thinking it needs to become a regular thing for me. #candidchildhood #littleandbrave #littlefierceones
Walking into that wonderful weekend. Here's to... -really listening to their little stories and concerns because...they matter. -being grateful even when things feel not so great. -slowing down to see the true beauty in it all. Enjoy it friends! 💗Do you have to intentionally slow down on the weekends? Or does that just come naturally?
Happy Friday, friends! May your worries be merely a drop in the bucket compared to all the goodness out there in the world. And like in the case of Georgia's bucket here at the lake, I hope those worries that do surface just spill right out giving you peace and space to breathe. Have a great weekend! What adventures do you have planned?
Might seem like we are on a misty fogged in beach, but unfortunately we're still dealing with wildfire smoke & 52 consecutive days of no rain! This guy's at full-day camp this week, so I'm thankful we could squeeze in a picnic dinner and some time at the park this evening. What do you think of our rain record? Would you be wishing for more of the same or hoping for some precipitation to balance things out? For what it's worth, I'd love to see rain come our way! #thatpnwlife #thegreatpnw
A hazy Lake Washington, but such a lovely time with @pugetsoundkeeper and their Summer Sail and Paddle Fest last night! Bergen thought the sailboat (pictured behind us) should have been going faster as we cruised around Lake Washington, but it was neat to be able to teach him about the power of the wind and the beauty of not always relying on motors and gas.
Last weekend Slaed and I did something wild and crazy. We snuck away to @suncadia for a 24 hour date withOUT the kids! Suncadia is about 1.5 hours from Seattle (80 miles east)--the perfect distance for a quick getaway to celebrate our anniversary (a little early...it's not until 8/15). With a property so gorgeous and full of amazing built-in activities, of course we started dreaming up a return trip with the kids for some winter fun. It felt so good to slow down and savor a few moments...just the two of us! Well, we did bring the dog, but he was pretty content just tagging along. Do you have a favorite nearby getaway?
Made the decision to leave all carriers at home for an adventure in Evans Creek Preserve yesterday (near Redmond, WA & Sammamish, WA), and set out to hike 1.8 miles. Despite multiple attempts for me to pick her up (uppy mommy, uppy mommy!!) and some whining our little Georgia (2.5 years) made it the entire loop. Bridges (there must have been at least 10 on the loop we did), Blackberries & lots of Breaks (including lunch) helped her through the challenge! Once again have to give a shout it to @melissaozbek & her book 75 Great Hikes Seattle--we followed her perimeter loop directions, which made for a lovely outing in the preserve. This mostly shady hike actually helped us beat the heat. What do you do for heat relief? With temperatures climbing into the upper 90s here in the Seattle area this week (most of us don't have central air), we'd love to know!
Happy Monday, Friends! As much as Bergen likes being the center of attention as the sole kid hiker on our adventures, he loves when his little sister can join him on the trail. We may get there faster when Georgia is in the backpack carrier, but there's so much more joy and discovery when they're actually together. ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ One of the ways we move them along the trail is with short (and friendly) races. Today, by enticing them with a snack, I managed to get 10 races (more or less) out of them before they collapsed in the grass! They are devouring the new Organic ZBar Filled bars from @CLIFKid. These particular bars are filled with peanut butter and made with organic rolled oats. I love being able to pack simple, healthy, delicious snacks that will sustain them for 2 or 3 more rounds of races! Do your kids like races as much as mine do? #ad #CLIFKidSummerPlay #CLIFKid
No grand views, but this peek-a-boo suited is just fine as we hiked around English Point (National Recreation Trail) on Hayden Lake during our recent trip to North Idaho. ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ Just as we were finishing our hike, we met a grandmother hiking with her grandkids. I was so inspired by her! She pointed out a neat tree carving that we would have missed, and gave us a reason to come back---in another part of the park, there's a toy tree. Fairies deposit toys around the tree for kids to exchange. Such a fun idea & great way to motivate little legs! What's your best tip for keeping kids moving along the trail?