Thursday, June 5, 2014

camping

We managed to go camping 2 and a half times (The half was just in the back yard ;)) this month despite our crazy calendar, you make time for what you love right? Sleeping in a tent in the mountains is so very good for you me... I've met plenty of crazy people who think its nuts. But for me, it feeds my soul so breathe in mountain air and be completely unplugged.

Ry and Jer putting up our tent

Blueberry pancakes for breakfast!
Jeremy signed up to run a half marathon trail race in Los Alamos, NM so we drove up a couple days before the race to camp and play. We stayed near the Bandelier National Park and spent a day exploring the monument.

I gave Ry one of our small cameras to use and she loved taking pictures of all the cool stuff we saw on our hike. We hiked a little over a mile with both of them, Rylee did the whole thing on foot and Jackson hiked the second half once he was awake from his nap :)



 

We climbed steps and ladders to check out the cool cliff dwellings, I was so proud of her for going up and down those tall ladders without hesitation (I was pretty nervous, but she did great!)






















The day before the race we drove into town to the packet pick-up for Jeremy to check in and get his bib and to get all excited about seeing awesome trail runners like Anton Krupicka (He really is so awesome! A celebrity of trail running!)

I forgot to mention it was very rainy while we were there, the first night there were two huge thunderstorms that came through; thunder and lightning storms seem way more intense when you are in a tent! The kids slept right through it though and we stayed dry. The second night it poured all night long and made for a very cold wake up call at 6 the next morning when we got up to head to the race.

Jeremy did great and had an awesome time. Me and the kids played at the park for the couple hours Jeremy was running and then we waited anxiously to watch him finish! I am so very proud of Jeremy for following through and doing this race, finishing the race and for his renewed mindset on health and running. He just blows me away at his enthusiasm and passion for running and completing these races.


14 miles later! (The race was technically longer than a half, because trails won't accommodate perfectly to our racing distances.) Probably the hardest race he has ever done but definitely the most joyful finish I've ever seen from him!






 
 
Doing the things you love with your kids is the coolest thing ever, watching them get excited about the things you get excited about is just awesome. It is so fun to see Ry and Jackson's excitement over the things we love to do.
 
On the way home (8 hours...) Jackson woke up from his nap and kept asking (and asking, and asking, and asking...) if we were going back to camp. The first few times we told him we were on our way home, but he was not ready to be done camping, so the next 5 million times he asked we just changed the subject or asked what his favorite thing about camping was. It worked for a little bit.
 
Hoping this summer we find ourselves sleeping in the tent and breathing in the mountain air a lot!
 
until next time,
Brit
 
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