One of my most favorite things about camping is the community of happy campers you meet along the way. Our camp neighbor made these little creatures out of palm leaves and gave them to the kids. I mean, how cool is this thing?! So cool that I had to play with him too!
Our family hikes are a lot less ambitious than they used to be, but we thought we’d attempt this hike to a waterfall along the Pacific Crest Trail. Spoiler alert: we didn’t make it to the waterfall (not that surprised)! The little guy is in that stage of not really wanting to ride in the carrier but also not wanting to walk so we end up stopping A LOT. But it was our first hike in the fall pines and lush undergrowth of the PNW so we were happy just the same! It was also a lovely location to continue perfecting the art of the standing diaper change! 😆 Post-hike beers and ice cream seemed appropriate; even found a place that serves as a drop off point for through hikers on the PCT, right at the base of the famed Bridge of the Gods. This was a literal example of enjoying the journey and not focusing on the destination...maybe someday we’ll find out what that waterfall looks like! 😁
Children inherently love to explore nature...we only need to offer them time to explore, enjoy and continue to learn about its magic and discover its mysteries as they grow. She ate some rotting pine wood and aspen leaves yesterday...she will know the flavor of autumn mountains with her cells. ( i also didn't let her swallow the chunk of wood!) She couldn't get enough of the golden leaves and squishy wood.
This moment was completely natural until I said, " Hey, don't move, this would make a great family picture!" Personally I'm not a fan of posed photos, but hey, we've gotta do them so we can show our babe what her early years looked like!
And today @ryan.dobbins and I are celebrating 13 years of marriage, and when we look back at this photo we'll be reminded of the patience, and acceptance we learned over the years about our inability to conceive a child. This picture will forever be a staunch reminder that anything related to Nature is possible because one year ago this October, just when we were about to throw in the towel, we learned I was pregnant. ·
I'm grateful for the independent, non-attached, 12 years of marriage we've experience together! Man the things we've done, and the places we've seen. We were both content, and happy with our lives because the freedom to do whatever was pretty addicting. To live life child free has its benefits, there's no debating that, but a reality I've recognized since becoming a mother is that the go and do life we chased after was one huge distraction from what my heart truly yearned for, I wished Ryan and I could experience parenthood. ·
And here we are! 13 years married, in our late 30's finally addressing one another as Mom and Dad! When I look at this photo I'll forever be grateful we found contentment in our lives as a couple, and didn't allow infertility to stress us out and drive us apart, but I'm also grateful our true desires never faded away, keeping the door open for Hadley to choose us as her parents. Ryan, I love you, and I love us as parents, and I'm thrilled year 13 marks the year we became a family!
Happy Monday Mamas! Hope you had a restorative weekend or at least CREATED some moments of time in between the chaos of life to pause, rest, exert, create, explore...FEED your soul.
So that you can replenish-even slowly, a drop at a time to re-energize, ground down, focus & SLAY this WEEK ahead!
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"Great mid morning walk at Wilson's today! " 📸 @pherren
From PEI to BC & everywhere in between, we love to see kids outdoors! Our goal is to encourage kids to enjoy what Canada has to offer & build a community of like minded parents who believe outdoors is essential. Follow & tag #canadiankidsoutdoors or DM for a feature! 👶🍁🌎🤙
Interrupting my Tassie holiday posts with this shot that I just love! I'm usually behind the lens but I don't have a lot of photos with Mr Four, so I lined this up and my hubby came through with the goods. Magical beach day and a happy capture to remember this age
〰️QUESTION〰️ Where do you send out of state visitors when they visit your hometown or city?
Answer with a hashtag so everyone can easily click through the comments to learn about some new places.
For nature lovers visiting Melbourne, Australia we always send them to #wilsonsprom for pristine beaches, sandunes, rockey hikes overlooking the ocean and lots of wildlife (so many #wombats )
Another favourite is #grampians for its incredible granite boulder mountain ranges with an insane view into the valley. It is also teeming with wildlife, last time we saw #kangaroo#emu#koala#echidna
If you still miss out seeing wildlife #healesvillesanctuary is a great place to take the kids and meet some Aussie wildlife.
Finally, you can’t forget #otways along the #greatoceanroad where rainforest meets the sea.
Are you a foodie too? My favs Melbourne eats are #longrainmelbourne for Thai & cocktails, #dexterpreston for incredible slow cooked bbq meats and croissants from #lunemelbourne
Ok I could go on for days! There’s a good reason we choose to base ourselves here 😍
If you haven’t heard of these places check out the hashtags for some serious #travelinspo
We’re in Noosa! Had a lovely little wander through the National Park headland track this morning while the husband had a surf. This is a fabulous family destination, even though we’ve had more than our fair share of tropical downpours 😂💦
"Children see magic because they look for it 💎✨ My kids remind me daily to see joy in the little things 💙" 📸 @cayliemay
We love to see kids outdoors no matter the weather! Our goal is to encourage canadians kids to enjoy the beautiful outdoors & build a community of like minded parents who believe outdoors is essential👶🍁🌎🤙 Follow & tag #canadiankidsoutdoors or DM for a feature!