Me: “You know where birds fly south for the winter?”
Wes: “Our house!” I think they just might. Merry Christmas birdies. 🎄
We got out for an early hike at Pulpit Rock this morning. It was 20 degrees so we were bundled up in all kinds of clothes and colors!
Joe gave me some “me” time this morning to work on our holiday cards. I’ve never really craved alone time just time to do what I need while Mac’s needs are addressed by someone else. I like to still be near if not in the fray. As I looked across the room I realized it perfectly outlined my life and values. When you look at this photo you see our family table - covered with the flotsam of daily life. The crochet I’m learning imperfectly to do. The books we read during meal time. Coats and hats sluffed off as we walked through the door. A toy ice cream cone Mac scooped me last night. Tea and cookies on a plate. Notice the quote on the tea? In the background my husband and child romp on the rug while the dogs look on from a perch of safety. Shoes litter the floor, kicked off and never put away till worn again. Our Christmas tree in the corner and cold winter sunlight offering a glow on the entire scene. Everything I have to be thankful for exhibited in this one photo. #lifeisgood
When you carry reusable straws it’s no problem if kiddo wants some of the milk you just bought at the store. Just toss it in and sip right from the jug! Product recommendation - we are in love with everything @ripplefoods
Midhike breakfast break. We make it our goal to use as little single use items as possible and that includes the snacks we take on the go. Today’s snack was steel cut oats with peanut butter and brown sugar. We always make extra and put it in small containers, so it’s an easy grab and go snack with a spork.
This picture perfectly depicts how my second pregnancy feels. Mac always on the go and me running to catch up. 550 miles and 6 months down.
The extraordinary folks at the sea turtle rescue center of Jekyll Island not only save injured turtles but any wild animal that finds themself in trouble. Here they are administering IV nutrition to a juvenile green sea turtle that was struck by a boat propellor. We also saw them feed meat to a hawk with a broken wing. There were many turtles with missing limbs because they were caught in fishing line. And babies that never found their way to the ocean. It was a humbling lesson for all of us. 💚🐢
Nov 28th - 1m - Black and Blue Trail. I love children’s fascination with everything we pass on the trail. We may not move as quickly, but our walk is richer as we enjoy every little beautiful thing along the way.
Nov 27 - Some days you don’t get first choice in where you put in your miles. So, though the trail is less scenic, try to find the beautiful things along it. - like a tree full of birds nests and think of the little families or birds that will once again inhabit its leafy bower come spring.
30 degree birthday party in the park? Priceless 🎂
Hundreds of oak trees dripping with Spanish moss is exactly how I imagined Georgia. Possibly the most romantic looking landscape I have ever seen. 😍
One of my favorite scenes. Daddy taking role of comforter.
There are days my toddler just doesn’t want to walk outside. These take patience, understanding and guidance to help make his time outside enjoyable - not forced. We choose not to just give up and go home. Though our outing may be significantly shortened. Instead we help him work through whatever stimuli is giving him anxiety and then address it with him. This way he can learn at an early age to work through stressors and find a way to enjoy them rather than nurturing fears that may follow him for years.
Nov 20 - 1m - Clear Creek Trail. Sometimes you just have to sit and take a break.
Anybody else on the road for the holidays? Road tripping with toddlers is definitely different from pre-kids but the stops are definitely fun! Park stop in Douglas, Wyoming.
We’ve reached a milestone in our family. Not one I ever really found myself striving for but yet so excitedly witnessed recently. We can all ride bikes!! Jekyll Island has 14 miles of some of the most beautiful bike trails I have ever seen. I’m proud my little crew is able to explore a slice of them with me this week.
24 Weeks and still trekking!
Nov 16 - 2.2m - Idaho Springs. When you forget your hiking backpack you make due with something else. Not ideal but at least he can see!
Nov 15 - 1.5m - Quail Lake. Nothing makes my kiddo happier than a rock and a lake.
You guys! Is there a better sound? Ocean waves + giggles = 😍😍😍
If these walls could talk...
A sibling is the lens through which you see your childhood. -Ann Hood
The kids caught mangrove snapper all evening and Archer’s reaction in these photos pretty much sums up all the feelings. ❤️
After Mama gets some trail time, I always try to make sure Mac gets his own time to directly play and explore nature. Days like today, the best thing to do is let him ramble in the mud. For him this equals pure joy. Mud = Joy
Hiking in 57 degree temperature through mud and snow makes it feel like I’m wandering into spring in Alaska. Nope just November in Colorado. I could get use to this weather pattern... ☀️ ⛄️ ☀️
I’m a super nerd when it comes to old buildings. They’re the closest thing we have to a time machine. Fort Clinch est. 1847
Times change... but some things stay the same
First sledding expedition is a hit!
While cold and snowy weather is great for cuddling down with a hot drink and a book, I can never seem to settle down without a good romp in the snow before and after!
Nov 9th - 2.5m - Santa Fe Trail. If we’re going to do a stroller walk I want the setting to look like this 🍂
"Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character..." ― Arthur Schopenhauer
Nov 7th - Garden of the Gods. Toddle independence and a resistance to the pack and stroller have slowed us down, but we reached our 500 Mile Mark on the start of our 23rd week.
November 6th - Blodgett Peak - sometimes you just need a buddy
November 2nd - cold and snow doesn’t keep us down! Perfect playground weather ⛄️
It’s a beautiful day. Your heart beats. Your lungs breathe in mother earth’s bouquet. Be grateful. Stand tall and turn your face to the sun. 🌻
Nothing better than enjoying the snow with an amazing group of women and their kids. So thankful for my Hike It Baby Branch.
“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
No better way to hydrate on a hike than with a handful of snow ❄️
“Consider a tree for a moment. As beautiful as trees are to look at, we don't see what goes on underground - as they grow roots. Trees must develop deep roots in order to grow strong and produce their beauty. But we don't see the roots. We just see and enjoy the beauty. In much the same way, what goes on inside of us is like the roots of a tree.” Joyce Meyer
Another sighting of the elf in the woods. This time in the middle of a coyote willow.
Oct 30 - 1.3m - Ute Valley Park. A good way to keep a fractious toddler happy on a sunrise hike? Wear a hat with a fun Pom Pom. If I look tired it’s due to three days of wake up calls in the 4 am hour 😴
may i grow so tall and bright, so free and wild, so brave and vibrant that when you see me standing you think i am a sunflower. -g.c.
Bunnies and freckles. I don’t think there’s a cuter combination in the history of cuteness. 🐰
Oct 27th - 1.2m - secret creek bed. We found a wash to explore. One of the best hikes we’ve had in a while. Free of people, easy toddler walking, and a built in sandbox for resting!
That moment you thought you could relax when someone else thought otherwise...
When was the last time you spent a quiet moment just doing nothing - just sitting and looking at the sea, or watching the wind blowing the tree limbs, or waves rippling on a pond, a flickering candle or children playing in the park?
We celebrated fall with one of Georgia’s finest. This is Elvis and he has officially stole my heart. @rutlandfarms
I found a gnome frolicking in the sunrise 🌅
For a long time, pregnancy was considered a condition. One in which you limited activity and spent your time more like a patient than a strong woman. Thankfully that view is gradually changing, but if anyone ever asked me if I should be doing my favorite activities in “my condition” I’d say “you mean awesome? Yeah!!”
Over a year ago we were saying farewell to one of our Colorado adventure buddies who were relocating to Florida. We met up at a local playground and while we were there Archer scored these sweet Georgia sunglasses. Fast forward a year and 2 months later and we are representing our (new hometown!) Georgia sunglasses from Colorado in Florida. 🤯
Nothing like a good blast to the face to start your morning. 💦
Show me your cheese face!! (And your sandy, potato chips, blackberry face) Every day is worth smiling for, even Wednesdays. 😬
Oct 16 - 3.2m - Nancy Lewis Park - taking our time on an HIB stroll.
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!
I love playing with tones! I’m very non-committal when I edit. I love airy photos, dark and moody cold and warm. I’m kinda all over the place because I pretty much just love everything.
Oct 13th - 1.2m - We tripped into the realm of fairyland ✨
We left Florida 2 days before hurricane Michael devastated the area where we were camping (Port Saint Joe) THEN the storm barely grazed us in our new home town while it tore through the towns just west and north of us. I’m not sure how we managed to dodge two terrible scenarios but I’m so incredibly thankful we did. The images following my own are of Port St Joe now but certainly not as we left it. 😪
Camping brings us closer together and there’s nothing like a good hammock to make you feel it. 💙
Oct 10th - 1.2m - Garden of the Gods. Mac had an awesome long solo hike today. Passing his previous record of 1m and today in a full snow suit and rain boots!
Remington has finally found a spot of earth in this world to match his coat! Looking dapper while super dirty is the dopest camp trick. I fail miserably every time. Sand was everywhere but his curls were on point. Plus he was in puppy paradise!
Just gimme ALL the Palms. 🏝 I think I was more excited about them than the ocean alone.
Archer found sea shells down by the sea shore. 🐚
“There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of Autumn leaves.”
– Joe. L. Wheeler