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Have you ever seen Finding Nemo? Silly question, I know. Do you know that part in the movie where Dory keeps saying, "Just keep swimming! Just keep swimming!" over and over? I hope so. Switch out swimming with walking and that is our hiking motto.
Adventuring with my kids and taking them on memorable adventures is one of the greatest joys of being a mom. Six years ago, I found myself as a single parent of three kids, two of whom are special needs. I wanted to get back to the basics with my kids and give them a memorable childhood like I had.
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I take the boys outside as often as I can. I always feel inspired and refreshed after I've spent time in nature. My personality and upbringing play a big part in that. Once my boys got old enough to walk and run on their own, I started taking them to nearby parks, and now I often take them on day trips to a nearby city or a new state park.
Life is what happens in those in-between moments; those times between the chaos of work, school, and schedules. We want to foster a lifestyle that focuses more on these "life living" moments than our hectic to-do lists. Every month, Edward and I, along with our two girls, Olivia and Harper, take at least a few days to live our "real lives."
It's 8 a.m. and my son Lorenzo has just asked if we can go on a hike. My daughter Halona heard "go" and she has already brought me her shoes. With a big smile on my face, we all get dressed, have a small breakfast, pack a little backpack, and head out the door. I would be lying if I said this never happens. My little explorers often want to head outside as soon as they wake up. I don't blame them.