Not every weekend is awesome. Sometimes we have terrible weather, someone is sick…or something. You know how it is. But, isn’t it wonderful when you get to Sunday evening and are like, “YES, NOW THIS WAS A GOOD WEEKEND”! I try not to rush away the week, but I SO enjoy when my husband is home for the weekend, and so are the girls. I have less weight on my shoulders and he can help share the load.
Mother’s Day weekend was one of those weekends we have been aching for. The only thing missing was CAMPING! We did not get to camp, but will be for Memorial Weekend (CAN’T WAIT). Any who, come Friday we were prepping for our 5k race on Saturday morning. Now, Greg and I have ran a number of races, but we always like to go to bed early and eat a good meal before hand…which is why I made my famous OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES! Two things I cook well; oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and a I can make a pretty mean pizza. Other than that, I am just glad everyone eats what I cook. I made the cookies to carb load. That is how it works, right? 😉 But really, they are filling, they give you energy, they have the carbs, and they are delicious. That’s all the excuse I need.
The girls enjoy making cookies with me and Elise helped me that night.
Just giving myself a little extra time to cook so that they can help is what makes this so great. I pray they LOVE to cook when they get older.
Saturday morning came and we were all excited to run. The girls even woke up and were ready to go! My mom pushed them in the double stroller. Greg and I had Theo. My plan was to push Theo the whole race, but I was fully aware of the hilly course that was probably going to slow me down. My goal was to finish the race in 30 minutes. After about 1.6 miles we came upon a hill and my paced slowed. I haven’t been running for too long, I just got back into working out after having Theo. So Greg offered to push him up that hill and I let go of that pride because I was just happy to run, and happy to run with my husband. I pushed him for a bit further after that, but the next hill I let Greg have him and he finished the race pushing him. I loved running with Greg, he would tell me, “see that guy in the red-we are going to catch him before the next turn”. I loved it. I love having him as my partner in this life. He is the best. We finished in 29 minutes. YAY! How cool is it that God gave us these strong bodies?
We had a fun run that morning, but after, we got to do our annual Mother’s Day tradition of strawberry picking!
Needless to say, we all enjoyed it. There is nothing like fresh strawberries. THE BEST.
After all that fun we were ready for a nap, but we didn’t take one. Greg was setting up the hammock in the backyard and found a rat snake! It was so cool, and COCO, our dog was so curious about this guy. I love snakes. This one was so beautiful, and he was pretty long. We finally got him to go off into the woods so we could safely lay in the hammock. That was all the rest we needed to then go play on the tire swing!
So, even though we weren’t camped out and on a trail somewhere, we made the best of just being outside. We love it, and the kids love it. Sometimes it can be hard to leave an air conditioned living room to go outside in the heat and mosquitoes. But I think if you make it fun, it can really make your day! Something about being outside just brings us pure joy!
Oh, and we found a friend in the tire swing. How sweet! My girls love finding any sort of animal or bug. This lizard was so neat.
We even ended our day walking a beautiful new section of the River Walk downtown Chattanooga. I was so thankful that we had beautiful weather this past weekend, it made celebrating Mother’s Day that much better. And Saturday was sort of a long day, but filled with variety, breaks in between to keep us relaxed and not rushing. Sometimes its just letting all expectations go out the window and just enjoy the moment your in.
On Mother’s Day, we enjoyed a wonderful morning at church followed by a fun picnic and hike with my momma at the Pocket Recreation Area in GA. We have been there before but had never hiked the Pocket Loop Trail. It was a beautiful short trail (2.5 miles). Some areas seemed overgrown, but as soon as I questioned if the rest of the trail would be that way we would come to a nice open area. There was a cool spot for viewing wildlife by a pond, as you will see in the pictures. It looked like there could have been a trail off to the side and maybe one that went around the body of water, but it was not maintained so we had to skip it this time. We found a neat shell on the trail too. Zoe likes to collect things from our hikes and she was set on bringing the snail shell home, but what we didn’t realize is that there was a snail still inside… We realized it when we left and were in the car! Oops! 🙂 We let him go when we got home. She had hiked with him for most of the trail. The girls enjoyed the trail for the most part, and I was proud of them for how the enjoyed this hike. Greg does a lot of silly things to make it fun for them too, like hiding in the brush right off the trail and jumping out when they would catch up. HA!
That is what it’s all about. Not about the miles. It’s about enjoying the activity. Because if they don’t enjoy it, most likely they will not want to go back. And thankfully as we neared the end of the trail, we got to cool off in the creek before heading off. Elise deciding sitting all the way in was the best idea. (And it was, but we just didn’t bring extra clothes!! Haha, we did have a towel!!). We ended out day with a trip up to John’s MTN overlook (which I took no pictures of), we first visited there on our 3rd year wedding anniversary and Zoe was about 8 months.
So there you have it. Our weekend in a nut shell. This is how we made the best of the weekend. How did you make the best of YOUR weekend? I love reading stories about other family adventures, and adventures in general. I have found that there doesn’t have to be any expectation to the word adventure. Adventure everyday. Whether you are cooking with your littles, playing in the creek, finding bugs….adventure is whatever you make it out to be. It’s YOUR adventure.
What does adventure mean to you?