I decided a few weeks back -- right around the time school got out for the summer -- that I was going to enjoy every single moment of this summer that I possibly could. I'm pleased to report, so far so good!
Never mind the fact that it's June 28th and pouring rain outside in the Bay Area of California. Thankfully, it's a "work in the office/can't play outside" day.
I have been dragging Charlie and Noelle all over the place and they've handled it beautifully. That's saying a lot if you've ever seen my son refuse to go anywhere, which is quite possible if you've ever laid eyes on him. What can I say? He's a home body!
So far these last few weekends have included a trip to my parent's house, time at the Beach Boardwalk, a hike in the Redwoods and quality time with cousins in Monterey. I have absolutely no complaints!
The highlight of all these for me was the day in the Redwoods. I am amazed at how beautiful and incredible they are. It doesn't matter how many times I've been around them -- I'm in awe every time.
We picked the perfect day -- not too warm, not too cold. One thing I really learned is how much I want my kids to grow up respecting nature. They didn't really "get" that you don't walk or climb on whatever you want. The paths are there for a reason, and that's where you walk. In my mind, I've likened the concept to the idea that you treat nature the way you'd want someone to treat your own home. Essentually, this is God's backyard you're playing in, so mind your manners!
For this picture we let them stand on a tree trunk -- between this and climbing into the John C Fremont tree, they had their fill of "tree climbing."