I polled Insta the other day asking which affects mommas most...when their oldest hits milestones or when the youngest does. I was surprised that most of the responses said the oldest! Milestones such as....oh I don't know, TURNING THIRTEEN! With all the crazy in our family/life right now, I wasn't preparing myself for our oldest becoming a teenager. I mean, we planned how she wanted to celebrate and stuff, but my mind and heart didn't really go to that place of "how the heck do we have a thirteen-year-old!?" or "why is my baby growing up so fast?!?" It kind of took me by surprise. Truthfully, I'm of the camp that gets way more emotional when my youngest hits milestones...so whenever his thirteenth birthday comes around, forget about it! But for our oldest, it definitely was one of those big birthdays and caused us to reflect on all the blessings and experiences she's brought to us as parents.
We started the day with her requested breakfast of cinnamon rolls, and later went into the mountain for a requested lunch of Shepherd's Pie. We found the perfect little creekside picnic area, but as soon as we began eating, bees swarmed us and didn't let up. So her birthday lunch in the mountains was cut reeeeeaaaaally short, but we continued up into the canyon to Tibble Fork...a beautiful reservoir for swimming, paddle boarding, etc. She ended her birthday by having a few new friends over for cake (Unicorn cake, of course) and discussing how life will be TOTALLY different now as a teenager. ;)
Please slow down. Just sloooooow your roll down, won't ya. No need to rush...we don't have to be anywhere. We're good right here at 13. Got that? K, thanks.
Headed into the mountains with our take-out dinner, flashlights, tent, and 2 sleeping bags...we were not as prepared as we would've liked. Still being in transition from the move, much of our stuff is "somewhere in storage"...meaning, who knows exactly where it was placed. Thus, we found all the blankets we could to add to our measly 2 sleeping bags (for a family of 6, mind you) and hoped for the best. Our best was quite chilly and uncomfortable, but hey, it was fun!
Camping in the mountains was definitely a treat for us! One that we hadn't experienced as a family. Not only was the weather cool (down right cold at night), but being amongst the forest adds an authentic feel to camping that you just don't get in good ol' Texas. We stayed at a place called Mutual Dell in the American Fork Canyon. It's owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and available for families to camp during certain parts of the year when it's not used for girls camp or scouting. We didn't do anything amazing while there...pretty much just hung out, froze our butts off trying to sleep, and then packed up first thing in the morning. But I think we all had a memorable time and would like to do it again...with proper sleeping gear of course. Side note: My lucky mom went home early and slept in her own bed. I'm sure she won that night!
*All photos taken with our GoPro Hero 5
Where do YOU like to go camping?
We've been in our house in Utah for a little over a week now. My brother came down from Oregon to help my mother move and stayed with us until his flight this morning. After days of being knee-high in boxes, moving paper, and a general mess of stuff...on Labor Day morning, we decided to take a break from unpacking and head to the mountains.
We decided upon the Donut Falls hike and wanted to get out there as early as possible, with donuts in hand, of course. Our family motto has become something to the effect of "get an early start to beat the crowds...always". We have enjoyed the rewards (or avoidance of crowds/waiting) by sticking to this way of planing/thinking in most things we do as a family. This was no different. In fact, there were tons of cars parked all over the canyon road at 8am! Eager beavers!
Our hike was easy but fun. I wasn't prepared for the VERY cool morning and regretted not bringing a hoodie along. Hiking is one of our favorite things to do and I am excited about all of the trails so close by! If you're from around these parts, do you have any great hikes you'd recommend?