I'll be honest, probably one of the reasons it has taken me so long to post this is that it wasn't a very fun day. Nothing catastrophic happened, it was just one of those days that was yucky - inconveniences, persevering through discipline issues, chaos, changed plans, unmet expectations, etc. - just real life sometimes.
It's easy to feel like the whole day was a "write off" but honestly there were good moments through it (or at least by the end) :) and God was faithful throughout it. It may not have been the most fun day ever but we did make it through whole and unscathed.
relative calm before the storm
leftover pizza for our lunch with our little friend who was over
thankfully it *was* a good weather day
thanks to Adrian working from home, I was able to leave briefly during nap time for an afternoon iced coffee
enjoying my new canister labels while getting ready to start supper
pizza dough rising
needing to change plans midstream - filling a pot for pasta
"Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land —a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey . . . " Deuteronomy 8:6-8
One of the things we did A LOT in Alaska (nearly every day) was hike. I love the trails there, some gravel, some wooden stairs or boardwalk, etc. Sitka, the main place we visit and Baranoff Island on which it sits are in the world's largest temperate rain forest so unlike the dry, hard ground here in Colorado, the trails are quite spongy, soft and sometimes wet there.
We have been working with David all year teaching him to hike and wanting to make hiking an enjoyable experience for him. He really took off on this trip and would be the "trail guide". It was a lot of fun to see him grow in this.
This photo was taken on day one, hike one of our Alaska trip. We were in Juneau at the time. David is on the Mt. Roberts Trail. He did really great and hiked nearly straight uphill for about 3/4 of a mile before he was done and ready to be carried.
We took one of these trams back down the mountain after eating in the restaurant at the top.
Do you like to hike? Where are some of your favorite places to hike or favorite trails if you're local? We would love to discover some new ones.
But then again, these little boots that I got free at a garage sale in Sitka this summer are pretty stinkin' cute on my boy too if I do say so myself.
Speaking of shoes, I think I've just got to finally give in and admit that my feet grew in my pregnancy with David. I don't notice it in open-toed shoes and I wear a lot of those. I don't think I've bought any close-toed shoes since I had him and the ones I've had probably have stretched some although I've noticed snugness a bit, but I tried to order some hiking boots for our Alaska trip before we went and ordered an 8.5 and they flat out were *too* small!
I wear a size 9. There, I said, it, time to embrace and move on and find some cute hiking shoes I like! Any suggestions?