Posts tagged family hike

The Mountain has a Summit

The Gemini Mama Hawk


I know that a lot of you out there are covered in snow. If I were in a place covered in snow I would grab my boots and snowboard and find a hill. I would also pack up my kids and go sledding, at least once. Obviously I am not there, and here we don’t see snow. Actually while we are on the subject, we are suffering from a sever drought because our mountains haven’t seen enough snow, so send some west.


When you live in an area that has beautiful temperature, you should take advantage of it. Yesterday we did. The whole family. As in every one including Scarlet, our dog. This was a big deal for her, because she doesn’t get to do much now that running is too much for her.



If you have been a long time reader here you may remember my post last September about our hike. I just want to say it is amazing what 25-30 degrees difference will do for you. We have only been on a few hikes since then, and they were focused on K1 being able to “hike” the whole time. Meaning that they were not challenging for the adults. When I suggested re-doing this hike S actually asked me if I could even do it. He reminded me that I had to stop a few times last time and we didn’t make it to the top. Duh, it was 100 degrees. Silly daddy.


Up we climbed as a unit. K1 walked about 1/4-1/3 of the way up herself. She is getting stronger and stronger every day.


The wind was nice, and kept us cool.


We got to see a few things on our way. Lizards, caterpillars, which were a nice surprise, para gliders, one hang glider, and two hawks! I am glad that we did not see the mountain lion that was spotted recently, and I am still fortunate enough to have never seen a wild rattle snake.


I wish my phone accurately captured how close to us the hawks were, but this was the best I could do. I have never seen a hawk in the wild so close. I could actually see the color of their feathers.


They were a pair hunting together. When they were done scouring this peak they flew off together to the next. It was beautiful.


Off in the distance of this photo you can see one of the para gliders.


I enjoy hiking, but view it mostly as exercise. Yesterday was a great reminder of all the beauty there is too see on my way to the top. Take that however you want, literal, or figurative. I also find that having kids with me on the hike I want to find beautiful things to show them, so that they will remain interested. I feel that they truly balance the experience for me.


What fun have you had in the great outdoors lately? 

Another Week In Photo’s

Happy Friday! I hope all you lovelies had an amazing week.

Daddy was off yesterday and today so we are off for another day of family fun today.

Anyways, let’s get to what you came for! If your looking for a sneak peak you can follow along with me on Instagram, I am gt4936.

This is a little something I knitted up for my mug swap partner. You’ll be able to see the finished product in my reveal post, which should be tomorrow.

It felt good to knit. Last year I had such plans for knitted Christmas gifts, but summer here was like nothing I expected, and long. So so long. It will be hot hot hot, here until mid October, ugh.

I actually had so much fun making this I was thinking of gifting some more, and selling some. I have knitted two more already.

Lately it seems like everyone is talking about juicing. Well this is my ultra fancy juicer. The old fashioned arm powered type. Hey, it gets the citrus juicing job done.

After watching a video from Fully Raw Kristina I decided I needed some juice. With 7 oranges on the counter it seemed easy enough. It was a nice tangy tasty way to start the morning. The kids and my friend enjoyed it too.

Yesterday we went on a gentle hike and let both kids walk the whole way. Crazy. The littlest one K2 is very “rough and tumble.” He fell down so many times and didn’t want up.

Random fact: K1 was afraid to get up on the rock she is standing on. I placed her up there simply so I could take a photo. Her smile hides it well, huh?

My three year old K1 has taken lot’s of photo’s on daddy’s phone, but zero on mine. She is the factory reset queen and so I don’t let her near my phone. Well yesterday I let her snap a few shots and after getting her started a few different times, I got three photos of fingers. This was the least finger-y photo.

Our picnic lunch on the rocks by a creek which is currently swampy. There was something creeping around in the reeds near us which made lunch time extra exciting for the kids. Daddy said there was a tiger coming. K2 told the three passersby that a tiger was coming. They didn’t understand him cause he’s 20 months old and people often still need a mommy or daddy translator, but still he’s so nice warning them of danger and all.

What exciting thing did you do this week?

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A Instagraphic Update

Here is a glimpse at a little more than a week in our daily life.

Linking up for some InstaFriday love.

Nothing fancy, just a cell phone and go!

His new favorite seat at Uncle D’s house. I mean it is his size. Just not quite the intended purpose. See that hole just in front of his face? It is big enough to fit the top of a wine bottle.

Yup, his sitting on the built-into-the-wall wine bottle rack. Don’t worry it’s safe. All wine is out of reach, and it really was a wall before. That is where a space heater once was.

He’s moved on in the sliding world. Now he goes in reverse, as well as face first. Eh, progress is progress.

I decided to make a pinata instead of paying $15. For. Real. This was super duper easy. However, just because it is easy does not mean you will get it done fast and be happy. It was time consuming. I was pretty impressed that I remembered to leave a spot to fill the thing with. Hence why the bottom square in green looks a little cardboardy (yes I just made that word up). It will get stuffed from there and then closed somehow. I did manage to forget a way to hang it. Meh, I’ll just tie a string around the top or something. No. Big.Deal.

Remind me to post a completed picture of it at some point, will ya?

Yes, dear daughter, you did need a nap. We didn’t even walk a mile and this happened. I should have taken a longer walk because she was still cranky later. Notes for next time. With the nap strikes there will be a next time.

After weeks of sickness, everyone had cabin fever. So we decided to pack up runny nosed children and go for a hike.

Like my balancing act? It works. Gives my hands a place to rest and all.

It was great. Hard, but great. Made me remember that I like hiking. We plan to go again this week.

After hiking we drove north to meet some Uncles for strawberry picking. S and I were very unimpressed with the taste of the strawberries. We have been to this place before, maybe the month they are picked matters? Last year we went in May.

K2 had the best time. Better than anyone else. He didn’t seem to notice the inferior quality of the strawberry flavor. Every one he could get his hands on, he ate. Even molding ones. Kept parents on their toes, that’s for sure.

Sometimes vegan eating come from the desire to eat vegan, and others are based on what is on hand. This was a mix of both.

Vegan banana nut muffins. AKA no milk no egg. I linked the recipe in case you are interested. They were really good. The only difference I can state that I noted was that they were more firm once cooled than “normal” banana muffins. S said he liked them better that way. I was short one banana, so maybe that effected it. Not sure.

Lastly and sadly, this. Boston is under an attack of sorts. This was the coffee mug I used this morning.

I would like to say that I do not use travel mugs. I just take the regular ones out of the house. There are three reasons I can think of for that. One, it’s easy and does not require advanced planning. If I were to put coffee in a travel mug I would expect to have some in the car with me. If I finished it before leaving I would want more. Two, who says that I will put the mug down before it is empty? Rendering no need for a travel mug and all it’s safety. Three, I have no attachment to any of our travel mugs. They were free form previous employers or vendors. I love all our regular mugs. I bought them all. 

Even this one in the picture. I bought it for S on a trip to MA shortly after we started dating. I am the weirdo of all my friends who always seems to fly into Logan, even though I am perpetually going to Western MA. Whatever.

When I realized I was leaving the house with this in hand. I decided to share. I do care what is going on in Boston. I know people there. Locked down and such. I hope that everyone remains safe, and those to blame are apprehended. 

What did your week look like?

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Another Week In Photos

This time you get more than a week. I didn’t link up, or write an InstaFriday post last week after having written my vacation time and visitors post , it just seemed like it would have been a bit redundant. Enjoy the extras.


A quick stop at the playground before story time.

As I opened the gate to the playground the park ranger had just finished putting the last swing on. K1 screamed and ran right for them. I guess she had felt a bit deprived over the past few months. With the park having been closed since December until last month, and then opened with no swings, I guess she missed them.

Ahh. I think I need another trip back to visit. There is almost always traffic to get here, to this spot, in this photo. With two kids things like traffic are a deterrent for me. Maybe they should not be, but they are. Either way the reward is worth it, wouldn’t you say?

“Darling all I require are fabulous shoes”

Do I need to say anything more? Love shoes, there’s the girly girl in me.

Once she got it, she got it. Then it was so much fun. Cue Mary Poppins “Let’s Go Fly a Kite”.

If you haven’t taken your children, do it. It is totally one of those childhood memory things. They are cheap too for the amount of use you get. (the one pictured was $1, a whole dollar)

Nature. Family. Hike. Hike over all has a very broad definition. I often think of climbing mountains, and often that is what we do. This one was a very gentle hike, prefect for letting toddlers do all the walking. With out several feet in elevation there is still some great scenery to take in. The outdoors is magical for children, instant good moods all around. I often forget that. We should go on more walks.

This was the first time that we went to In-N-Out and were given these sticker activities for the kids. Awesome! All those other guys handing out crayons have nothing on stickers. Both kids loved this. I suppose that maybe other places do this too, we just don’t go out to eat a whole lot. If you know of any, tell me, I want to visit them next.

Thanks Uncle for coming by and helping with the car breaks. Wanna stay longer and let me do homework? Oh you do? Cool. Here are some crayons and coloring/activity books. Good luck. Just kidding, my kids aren’t that bad. They had fun together.

Vegan Mac N Cheese, roasted asparagus and broccoli, salad with cucumbers and tomatoes, topped with red wine vinaigrette.

At some point one of the kids turned the temperature on the oven down from 350 to 260. The pasta was going to be fine, because it does not really need to cook, just heat. The vegetables however took a bit longer to soften. I really only make this because it is one dinner that the kids will eat and ask for seconds, not my fav though. Remind me of that before I make it next time, because I also had to eat the leftovers for three days. Ack.

My second attempt at making home made jelly from scraps. The second time that the “jelly” did not set. Maybe there was not enough pectin. Meaning I needed more peels. Either way still kinda frustrating. I really want this to work. Just gotta keep on trying, but I am running out of patience. I also hate wasting all that sugar. I also read after my second attempt that strawberry jelly is one of the harder jellies to get to set. Super. Wish I read that before starting attempt # 2.

Everyone had noodles for dinner one night last week, and I just decided chop sticks were necessary. I have many different ones. Enough that I can pick a set that matches my out fit. However, since having my two beautiful children those things never get used at home, ever. It was kinda fun to pull them out and use them, like a holiday or something. Date night at home idea? Maybe? I might have something brewing here.


She made a new friend on the way home from the playground. Somehow she tried to use that as her chance to run off, back to play. Except she is the one who wanted a snack, so she came back, pretty quickly.

This probably should not be funny, but …..

K1 was crying hysterically. I could not figure out what was wrong. Did K2 bite her? Pull her hair? (because that does happen now a days) Take something from her? I was searching her and looking but could not for the life of me figure out what was wrong. When I asked her what was wrong she was crying to hard to formulate words. After I told her that I couldn’t understand her she spit out, “K2 hurts”. Confused I looked him over. Only to find what you see in the photo. Then I laughed, (maybe a laugh of relief) because it was just blackberry, and some berry juice staining him a here and there. Of course I helped her calm down. I didn’t really realize she was so sensitive, but she IS really sweet.

Now I should switch over and type up my essay on alternative media, woohoo. 

What did your week look like? I would love to see. Link up here;

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(if you do link up let me know so I can go look too)


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