May 10, 2015

rattlesnake ridge + mother's day

This weekend was so dreamy. I am starting to understand why everyone talks about summers in the PNW. We took advantage of this gorgeous sunny Saturday and went on a hike to Rattlesnake Ridge. It was crazy busy but understandable because of the wonderful weather. It was about a 4 mile hike up and down and William walked almost the whole way - which was quite an accomplishment for a 5-year-old! I carried Louisa in the Ergo and David ended up carrying Fritz on his shoulders most of the way - not an easy task since that kid is a tank! We went pretty slow but we made it to the top and it was worth it!
It was gorgeous! What a beautiful view was awaiting us at the ridge. It was fun to work hard at something with our kids and have them learn the value of physical exertion and the feeling of accomplishment that you gain from working hard. William had a rough go after a while but he kept trucking along. I'm so proud of his determination. 
We stopped at the thrift store on the way to the hiking spot and got the boys some hiking boots for a few dollars as well as a couple of hats for 99 cents. I also got Louisa a large sun hat to wear which ended up being great to cover her and give her a shady place to sleep a bit. Getting them shoes was the best idea! William's boots were in great condition and were "real" hiking boots - they easily would have sold brand new for $50. I love a good deal!
Mother's Day was lovely. After our hike, I was wiped out so David took the boys to go get some things for Sunday. I put Louisa to bed while they were gone, took a long shower and then "laid down for just a minute" around 7 p.m. I slept for almost 14 hours (except for a couple of baby feedings). Haha! I woke up the next morning to breakfast in bed from my sweet husband and boys. William was so excited for me to open my present (a Garmin Vivofit that I wanted). It was really cute. They all wrote me a sweet card (which is always my favorite thing about birthdays and Mother's Day). On top of sleeping in, the wonderful breakfast and presents and some delicious chocolates from church, David also made me a special lunch of pesto, broccoli and tomato pizza, gave me a back rub and handled all the chores around the house all day. It was so relaxing and I feel so loved. I am grateful to my own mother for her amazing example of selfless service, patience and for giving me the tools to be the mother I am today. I often wish I was more like her in my parenting, but I am grateful to have her for guidance.

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