This is for the days that aren't easy. The days when the grand gestures and toddler-centered planning don't seem to please him. The days when no matter what you try to do someone is unhappy, or crying, or hungry, or poopy. This is for the days that feel rushed or too slow and when the weather isn't perfect.
Your time on the trail might take everyone to their happy place. It may also just be a new environment for the inevitably unhappy, but I urge you...
There have been times when my little nuget cried almost the entire hike or my toddler needed the promise of post-hike sugar to keep it together. There have been adventures when I have felt rushed, or behind, or disorganized, or generally stressed. There have been days when I haven't dressed right (or dressed my kids right) or the weather doesn't cooperate. I have never regretted getting outside (or at least the whole-hearted attempt to). Be it 5 minutes down the trail and back in the car or a full on hike with family coping strategies in place, the effort is never in vain. On the days when the entire experience seems to add stress, I bring myself back to the fact that I tried. I remind myself that I set the example I always strive to set for my kids. That I can be authentic and non-hypocritical when they don't want to put on their snowpants and I make them...
Today was one of those days. These pictures are lovely and mostly capture the wonderful moments. But I promise you... today was a GO ANYWAY type of day and we are all better for it. So in case you need a nudge, I am telling you loud and clear and sharing my mantra with you to use on 'those days'...
I will take being unhappy in the forest any day over being unhappy inside. I am more patient, gentle, and creative in my parenting when we are outside and on an adventure compared to when I am stressed and at home. So, no matter what's going on... we will all go anway.