Morning Hikeย 

This morning I decided, perhaps against my better judgement I predicted, to take the kids hiking with me at a nearby short trail. Jesse wanted to work on the deck, and I thought it would be nice to grab a little exercise…and to my immense surprise, it was beyond successful!  

  Those are chocolate teeth in case you were wondering!  Yes, I bribe them with ‘energy pills’, which I learned from my dear skilled nanny who first took care of Selah, Liz…who had the infinite wisdom of watching her mom raise eleven brothers & sisters!  It worked like a charm for motivation and I would have never believed you prior to this morning, but I’m not kidding – there was not a SINGLE complaint and we did about 1.5 miles round trip!  Lucky for me, Asher still fits semi-decent in the Ergo, so I convinced him to ‘ride’ mommy as a horsey up (to limit the time frame to at least a half day!), then he walked down all by himself.
   
 I’m completely not kidding when I say that this is literally my PERFECT morning.  (Well, I guess ‘perfect’ would have been Daddy joining us, but hey, a complaint-free kid hike is about as close to perfect as it gets).  I can only hope it just gets better from here and I have some new favorite hiking buddies on my hands.  If my kids love exercise and the outdoors, we may count this parenting thing a success (ok, I’ll add kindness, generosity, and gratefulness to the list…but that’s asking an awful lot! Ha! ๐Ÿ˜‰).  

Selah is well on her way.  She even had to wait for us a bit!  Can you find her here:

   
   Not a bad morning view – we even counted 7 boats (in English & Spanish!), 4 platforms, and too many palm trees.  
On our way down we found a great ‘echo’ spot and went in search of the secret garden on the way out… 

   Yep, it’s official, my favorite winter morning is with these two!
  I think we’re almost ready to backpack with grandpa!  (Ok, one successful hike might not constitute a whole trip, but let me bask in the dream a bit!)

Herbivoreย 

  My kids could not be more opposite in their eating habits I don’t think!  Selah can’t find a vegetable she likes and The only thing veggie I haven’t been successful with Asher on was a raw parsnip I think! (Cooked was fine).  
Just thought I’d document for their future reference – this is Asher sitting on the counter last night while I cooked dinner.  He asked for an orange carrot (the parsnips looked like white carrots so now he clarifies color ๐Ÿ˜‰) and some handfuls of “leaves” (spinach).  Hope the vegetable loving sticks!  Now if I could find a few that I don’t have to force down Selah’s throat! ๐Ÿ˜‰

First Science Fair

These are terrible pictures, unless you were in attendance and realize that my kids didn’t stand still for more than a total of 1 second (if that, no exaggeration), and there were likely 100 or so people crammed into our school’s auditorium for the all-school science fair.

   

  

  

 I’m just lucky I didn’t lose a child, much less snap a bad picture!

Selah did her project with her buddy Naomi.  I wasn’t exactly on top of it – it’s an optional, not mandatory, science fair – and I’m still figuring out the school’s information distribution system and how to sift through what’s important that we should participate in from…well…the other thousand things that are offered.  (First world problems, that’s for sure, and we should be so lucky to be offered these million activities, of course).

So, lucky for Selah, Naomi’s mom IS on top of things (& has an older sister to have learned what to do!), and they invited her to be part of theirs.  They must have known poor Selah’s mom is overwhelmed ๐Ÿ˜‰.  Ha!  On top of that, their family completely upped their cool factor by doing a project with M&M’s of all things!

Anyways, I’d say the zoo (ahem…science fair) was something we’ll consider doing again, and if there was any appropriate time for a kid leash for a two year old – heads up from experience – this is it.   ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ƒ