“Motherhood has been everything I thought it would be and also nothing like I thought it’d be. It’s true that you give up a part of yourself in order to raise these little ones. But it’s also a natural thing, instinct takes over and you know nothing else after they’re here. And all the fears I once had about being a parent don’t seem so fearful as before. I only wish I could’ve told my pregnant self that.” - @jessgrambau#childrenofmountains
What started out as a little walk turned into a 4 mile hike!! 😅
The boys had yesterday off of school so I wanted to get them out of the house for a bit. The plan was to treat them to McDonald's (their favorite!), then go on a hike and finish the day at Boomers (we have a season pass!). Well the trail I found turned out only to be a .2 mile pathway. So, my mom asked if we wanted to go down the street to the park. When we got there she asked if we wanted to go to the nature center. When we got there we found a trail that circled around and overlooked the ocean. When we started heading back she asked if we wanted to walk down by the water (told the boys it was a shortcut and they were sold! They had started to complain by this point.) My youngest had had enough and asked if we could go to the car (which was across the street and up a hill) and my mom said are you sure you don't want to go just a little father? About 20 feet away was an ice cream shop and she treated the boys to ice cream!
After all was said and done we walked 4.3 miles and everyone's feet hurt! So proud of them for sticking it out even when they wanted to turn around!
Blog News! We just posted an article on how to enjoy hiking with your little ones. We break down the benefits of hiking with kids, tips and tricks and a few great ways to have your kids enjoy their time outside with you!
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If you want an epic day experience for the family, you need to try hiking the Black Canyon City Trail. It’s a moderate hike amid gorgeous desert scenery, that takes you to the Aqua Fria River. And the weather this time of year is perfect for outdoor exploring! You can find tips and more information in a NEW blog post - see link in profile @phoenixwithkids!
Take time to tickle,
To kiss and to hug;
Take time to giggle,
To talk and to love.
Perhaps there’s a lot
That needs done today,
But take just a minute
To stop and to play.
They need you right now,
And soon they’ll be grown.
Soak up the memories
While they’re still at home.
Take time to show them
They’re worth the time spent.
The amount of time shared
Should never be a regret.
My mama heart needed to hear this today!! 😘 Happy Tuesday, friends! 💕
“Mommy, can we go hiking, pleeeeease just for a little while??” ⠀
What’s something you’ve been doing with your kid, waiting for them to become excited about?⠀
We have been hiking and exploring with this girl for about a year now and FINALLY she is asking to go!! She is not always super pumped about it but when she asked the other day I was over the moon excited!! ⠀
What is something you’re trying to do more with your kids?
5 hours ago
Hiking with babies!! 🏔😍
I’ve had a few questions regarding hiking with babies- especially regarding carriers, getting back out post partum and keeping little ones warm in the winter so I thought I’d put together a quick post on what’s working for us. 😊
I want to preface this by saying that we actually didn’t get into the swing of hiking regularly with our kiddos until Sophie was 3 and Lucy was almost 1 so a) it’s never too late to start b) this is our first time adventuring regularly with a newborn.
Let’s talk carriers - I bought an Ergo I was pregnant with Sophie because it was highly recommended and to be honest I’ve never been a huge fan. The infant insert is so big that it moves the center of gravity far away from your body and the fit just didn’t feel great. We absolutely ❤️❤️❤️‘d our (wonderfully inexpensive) Infantino Zip carriers for carrying the girls when they were 1-5 years old especially since they were so lightweight. For newborns my favorite is the Lille Baby Carrier. It is longer/taller than the Ergo, has more structure and lumbar support and also has way more straps for adjusting to fit the baby and wearer. I got a deal on Amazon but even full price it’s worth the money. So much more comfortable and saves my back. I’m considering investing in a quality backpack carrier come summer so I can carry Augie and gear when I’m hiking without my husband so recs welcome! 😁🏔
Re keeping the little guy warm - Best, easiest and cheapest way is to simply wear one or two oversized jackets over the carrier and baby. An inexpensive down/puffy coat plus a wind/rain shell is a great combo and both options are super cheap to find. My husband also had an old fleece lined coat that works well. I dress pretty lightly underneath and put Augie in a fleece sleeper + fleece hooded bear suit combo. I wouldn’t dress babes in much more than that because my body heat while hiking keeps us both toasty. 5 minutes into snowshoeing on Sunday I had already stripped off my outer layer because we warmed up so quickly. .
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6 Super Tips for Hiking with Kids in Winter
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7 hours ago
Det er svært gledelig å lese de nye læreplanene for fagene i grunnskolen som legger opp til økt fokus på friluftsliv og natur. Verdiene skaperglede, engasjement, utforskertrang, respekt for naturen og menneskeverdet prioriteres høyere enn tidligere. Som helsepersonell mener vi at barn og ungdom absolutt trenger kontakt med og forståelse av natur. Det er essensielt for å kunne møte morgendagens utfordringer. Utøvelse av friluftsliv bidrar til at folk får gode og meningsfulle liv. I dagens samfunn med stadig økende utfordringer innen psykisk helse trenger vi verktøy for å ta vare på egen helse, og her er kontakt med natur en viktig brikke. JA til #UteSkole! JA til #FriluftSkole!
Loved this quote from my Becoming Minimalist email this morning, “You don’t need more things in your life. You need different things.”
More quality time. More nature & time outdoors. More saying no. More simplicity. More doing what you love with those you love. More quiet. More experiences.
What do you need more of to make the most out of your life?
After hike activity with kids: Save trail maps
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14h14 hours ago
I added a new hike to our Shenandoah National Park Guide! Go check out my thoughts on the Turk Mountain Summit Trail and how many times it took before we got it right!#hikingwithkids #SNP #ShenandoahNationalPark
10 hours ago
Where do you put your phone when you're working out, hiking, walking, and/or bike riding?
“Show me a child who knows how to fill an afternoon in spite of no organized activities at his disposal, and I’ll show you a kid who won’t have to worry about boredom for the rest of his life. Even more, I’ll show you an individual who can create something remarkable out of nothing.”-Ainsley Arment, The Call of the Wild + Free
Let’s talk about BOREDOM. Why does a negative connotation accompany the thought of kids being bored? Without boredom, there’s no inspiration to develop a new activity. Without boredom, there’s no great desire to be creative to cure a bored brain. Without boredom, there’s no extensive use of their imaginations. Boredom is the magical key to new discoveries, ideas, imaginative games, and creative endeavors.
Children need to be bored during their childhood so they can learn healthy, productive and creative ways to find entertainment. They need to be bored so their brain has the space to develop an entirely new plan or idea. There is absolutely nothing negative about our kids being bored (with the exception of the moments of complaining - I promise, they will pass and it will be worth it!). Instead of getting out the tablet or signing up for more extra curricular activities, let’s sit in this phase of boredom for a little and see where it takes us.
This girl always has my back 😉 Our Monday definitely wasn’t this fun but we did manage to get out of the house which is always an accomplishment.
I get a lot of questions about this hiking carrier so I linked it under my @liketoknow.it account! Hope everyone has a great week!
Fun game/activity for kids on day hike: I Spy
Yesterday was a super fun hike with friends! We saw bobcat and deer tracks, hiked a couple of miles, and played in the creek. We wore wool base layers and ended up on the creek. That’s Texas for ya! Haha!