Finding calm in the chaos

Finding calm in the chaos

Sunday, August 29, 2010

a day away

I've been going a little nuts with all this house-selling business. Keeping the house clean has never been a priority for me and now it's a must. With 2 small children and 2 dogs, it seems like I get something cleaned only to have it immediately undone. Joe noticed the strain and recommended we get away and do something fun on Saturday. We'd be out of the house for potential buyers, the house wouldn't get messy, and we'd have some fun family time.So, we loaded up the kiddos bright and early and drove to Driggs to hike part of the Alaska Basin trail. I honestly can't remember the last time I went hiking; it must have been pre-kids. It was beautiful and the first few strides, I felt the heavy stress of the last weeks lift.Of course, it helped that I only had to walk the dogs. Joe had to bear the heavy load of pushing our children up the trail.
And, this melted my heart. My two kids, holding hands. Sam was chattering away about looking for animals. (He spotted about a million imaginary moose and elk, "Over 'der!").
We only hiked 2 or 3 miles and stopped along the river for a quick lunch picnic. The trail was wide enough for our jogging stroller most of the way, with some running breaks for Sam. (Unfortunately, the trail was shared with horses and at one point, Sam tripped and fell into horse poop. He smelled lovely the rest of the day). Even though thunderstorms were forecasted, we managed to enjoy the day without getting rained on, although the trail was a bit muddy.
We made it back to the car around nap time. Sam and Andie didn't even stir while we loaded everyone up and drove back into town just as the thunderstorms broke through. Joe and I enjoyed a cup of coffee and the silence of our children sleeping and decided to drive on to Jackson, WY to have fun for the rest of the afternoon.

It was a perfect day. We had a fun, muddy time. And, I didn't worry about cleaning any of it up.


Laura said...

nothing like a hike to boost your outlook. love the pics, glad you had some fun!!!

Deanna said...

Jen you're looking hot in that pic! Also, I seem to remember some sort of disastrous hike (or was in cross country ski) when you were pregnant with Sam?

Anne said...

Hi guys! Would have loved to see you in Bozangles, but this looked like a great time. I'll have to look up the trail info, especially if it fit a stroller that well. Perhaps Kaufmans and Millers need to do a group outing along the Lolo post move :) ?

Amy said...

Bummer about the horse poop...although I'm sure it was totally worth it for the kids sleeping on the ride back.

Jen said...

Yes, Deanna. We had the Death March ( when Sam was only a few months old. This was much, much easier than that.

Steve K. said...

Glad you guys had such a good outing and were able to take some time to relax. See you soon!