Do you ever have one of those mornings where just nothing seems to go right?

It was chaos at my house this morning.

E-mail and messages kept popping up as I was trying to feed and dress my kids.

My 3 year old was tired and by tired I mean crabby, uncooperative and moving at the speed of a 90 year old.

My 1 year old dropped a big load in his diaper just as I had zipped him up into his snowsuit.

Then there were missing socks, wet boots from yesterday, a lack of granola bars, I’m on the tail end of a cold that just won’t go away and I just wanted to stay home and knock out everything on my ‘to do‘ list.

But I have this awesome friend and I knew that she’d be waiting for me and my gaggle of children at the trailhead at 9 am sharp ready to snowshoe.

As we drove up the mountain the sun peaked through the clouds but it didn’t stop the constant sound of whining from the backseat.

At the trailhead there was another meltdown because suddenly my emotional 3-year-old wanted to cross-country ski instead of snowshoe and I had left his ski’s at home. {sigh}

I was at my wits end.

But, we strapped our snowshoes on our feet and trudged off into the woods and something magical happened.

This.

the next time you're tempted to just stay at home load up the car and drive to the trailhead anyway because a few hours in nature just might be exactly what you need.

We all started smiling. And laughing. And giggling and being silly.

We snowshoed and we threw snowballs at each other. We made snow angels and my kids even pretended to be snow puppies.

the next time you're tempted to just stay at home load up the car and drive to the trailhead anyway because a few hours in nature just might be exactly what you need.

What I’m trying to say is this.

I’m thankful for friends who push me to get outside when I want to stay inside (which really is a rare thing, I promise). I’m thankful for the fresh mountain air, the sunshine, the brisk Wyoming winter breeze and the amazing things that it does for me physically and mentally.

So the next time you’re tempted to just stay at home load up the car and drive to the trailhead anyway because a few hours in nature just might be exactly what you need.

 

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