When someone's in need, show them that you care or offer your support. It just might save their life. #100daysofnaturelessons #day23 #the100dayproject My 5-year old got his foot/boot stuck between the curb and my car tire (parked) just before we set off on our walk this afternoon. I heard him struggling, and wandered over to see what was going on. Just as I got close to him, he figured out how to get his boot loose. For some reason though, he still said, Mom, you saved my life. 💗 1. He was more panicked than I thought! And... 2. It's amazing how just a slight showing of concern can make such a difference! 📷: Sunset sail off St. John USVI @kekoasailing
When you see a challenge coming on, do yourself a favor and get a head start. #100daysofnaturelessons #day22 #the100dayproject I do so much better when I'm at least a little bit prepared. If it's a big trip, that's reading up on the destination and making some plans. If it's a big writing project, that's taking notes and making an outline. Whatever it might be, I know if I get a head start, the nitty-gritty work will come that much easier. Do I always follow this advice? Of course not. 🙄 I should work on that. P.S. As pictured here, that challenge might also be accepting the bike/run race your kid requested, and dashing off before he realizes it's time to start!
When life gets too hard, try switching gears. #100daysofnaturelessons #day21 #the100dayproject Bergen's new bike is not just bigger, but it also has the addition of 8 gears for him to learn how to use. Just before heading up a hill that he usually struggles with and ends up walking, Slaed showed him how to shift to an easier gear. Bergen was so pleased with the ease he felt getting up that steep slope, and I made a note to tuck that lesson away from when I'm particularly frustrated (more often than I'd like).
It's not that bad. #100daysofnaturelessons #day20 #the100dayproject Pretty sure my family didn't appreciate me saying this as I encouraged us to walk just a few more minutes...in the pouring rain. I kept thinking it would clear up! No such luck this time, but it's true there's always...a light at the end of the tunnel, a silver lining, a rainbow, lemonade from lemons...right?
Don't let the forecast stop you from getting outside. #100daysofnaturelessons #day19 #the100dayproject Sometimes those predictions are wrong, sometimes the rain subsides, sometimes the elements are just not that bad. And even if they are, there's a raincoat, a sweater, a hat, etc. to protect you.
Happy Earth Day from our outdoor-loving crew to yours! Small changes can make a big impact, so take some time to reflect today on how you can reduce your family's carbon footprint.
Post-school tree climbing...///////// As I walked by blooming tulips and magnolia flowers opening themselves up to all the warmth and light, I thought of this: Reach toward the sun and rise to the occasion. #100daysofnaturelessons #day18 #the100dayproject Both of my kids inspired me today in different ways. One making big strides in her gross motor skills (stair climbing, specifically), and the other whizzing along on a new 20-inch bike. Both milestones seem to give them much satisfaction and reason to be proud, but at the same time, it almost seems like business as usual to them. I love their strength, determination, and ability to just go for it. Rather than ponder, waiver, worry or fret, they put fear aside and TRY.
Catching the sunset with a chicken tender in hand. Never got to visit this gorgeous beach during the day. Guess we'll just have to make a trip back! /////////// There are many ways to get to the same place. #100daysofnaturelessons #day17 #the100dayproject I started thinking about this as Georgia and I were strolling home this morning from dropping Bergen off from school. I had the stroller pointed toward one path, and Georgia requested to go that way (down another). I realized, it really makes no difference, and if she can feel like she has a say, then why not? We'll still get back home. Stepping away from the literal paths, it's so true that we all have our unique ways of reaching our goals, destinations and dreams. What's important is the progress.
Happy to be at the end of a hot and sweaty hike on St. John. Behind us are ruins from the island's sugar plantation days, and a relaxing boat ride back to the @virginislandsnps visitor center awaited us. ///////////////////// Invest in good gear, take care of it, and if necessary (and possible) fix what breaks or fails. #100daysofnaturelessons #day16 #the100dayproject The combination of picking up Bergen's bike from our local bike shop (just in for some realignment and tune up) and realizing we had a flat tire on the stroller (rolling over blackberry bushes is common here in Seattle) made me think of this lesson today. We're lucky to have this gear that gets us out in nature & makes life easier, and with comes the responsibility of taking care of it and maintaining it! And that @deuter pack on my back sure comes in handy.