By about this time in January, many people who started the year out with fabulous resolutions and steely determination are knee-deep in the mire of unfulfilled self-imposed expectations or exceedingly lofty goals for the new year.
I am pleased to announce that yesterday, our family followed through on one of our resolutions. My husband and I decided that one goal for our family was to try and do something unique and out-of-the-ordinary as a family. It does not have to be extravagant or expensive, but simply outside of the norm.
Yesterday, we went snowshoeing!
Let me fill you in on a little secret; snowshoeing W.K (with kids) is a completely different experience than snowshoeing B.K (before kids) ever was! There is about thirty times as much stuff needed ~ from diapers, to warm clothes, to snowsuits, to hats, to mittens, to boots, to extra blankets, to backpacks for carrying our precious cargo. I sincerely felt as though I was ready for a nap with the amount of effort it took us just to load up the car!
Snowshoeing with an extra 25-30 pounds on your back is not only a unique adventure, but is also the best workout I’ve had since before I first got pregnant! You know something though? For all of the extra “hassle” (or what some would call a hassle) of trying to snowshoe with kids, it was such a great experience!
Our kids had a great time, and were happy the whole time (except for about 30 seconds when Jake’s mitten fell off and his hand got cold). We got to get out and experience the majesty and beauty of the mountains that we are blessed to live so close to.
Our spirits were encouraged as we realized that we were capable of doing it with kids. And we were blessed by the company of friends we were with.
All in all, not bad for a winter’s day…
Bring on the next resolution:)