Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Our Fall Family Hike


Four years ago, after a long day of "work" on a Saturday, our family went on a hike in a nearby woodland.  That day, we enjoyed the beautiful color of the changing fall leaves, and even though we had to carry ALL THREE KIDS the entire last half of the hike--a new family tradition was born.


Here we are four years ago.  My how we have grown!


There's even an extra member of our family to talk and walk with!

In years past, our walk has been mostly about enjoying nature.  However, this year, as we took periodic breaks to eat and talk, the children started to open up to us and share more than they ever have about school and their feelings about life right now.   And I realized that our efforts of hauling little bodies through the woods four years running now is finally paying off!


Thank goodness for a good husband who keeps us moving--together--in the right direction.  This is all his doing.

So, what traditions do you cherish--especially this time of year--that have helped you to reconnect and bond as a family?   I'm anxious to hear!


9 comments:

  1. There must be something about fall that is special....We also have family time in the fall. We take a trip (usually around conference weekend) to enjoy the fall colors and listen to the prophets speak. The East coast is the best in the fall!

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    1. Yes, I cannot wait for the leaves to change...although I will have to wait until around the first or second week of October. CAn't wait to see what my new yard will look like!

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  2. Love love love it! Hiking is one of our absolute favorites. If we give our kids a choice of hikes they will always choose the longest one. We don't have a lot of traditions for this time of year, just things we do regularly together: hiking, nature walks, and we love general conference weekend!

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  3. You remind me how much I miss hiking and truly there is not reason to miss it. We need to grab the baby (new foster) grab the girls (foster) and our son and get on the path! It is such a good way to connect!

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    1. That's a lot of fosters!!! :) Good for you!

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  4. Fall always brings forth different feelings. I love it when you can feel fall in the air. I think your tradition is awesome and I will send your link to my children.
    We have always enjoyed nature and fall is so beautiful. We will take ride into the canyon's and perhaps a short hike too.
    I loved this one!

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    1. My kids have requested that we craft...so I'm looking at fall crafts online today. So fun!

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  5. lovely family activity. mine is attending grandparents day at the younger grandkids schools and visiting for the weekend.

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