Thursday, May 30, 2013

Red Dirt & Blue Skies

It's weird, growing up I wouldn't have considered myself a total outdoorsy kind of kid even though we lived acres of lush, green forest and my Mom and Dad were always gardening or working on something outside. My Mom likes to joke about how I would have done anything to avoid getting dirty. I loved sports, riding my bike, etc., but I was never one to go digging in the dirt or want to jump in mud puddles or anything. My sister was much more of the adventurous one, and even later I've always preferred more "controlled environments." Ever hear of "glamping"? ;)

So it's funny now, that I have this need to be outside as much as possible. I have an urge to camp, to dig in the sandbox with Henry, to get dirty in the front yard planting flowers. I'm not sure when it happened, but I'm sure it had to be after college. Have I ever shared the sorority camping incident story here? If not, someone let me know, because it's a good one. But I do think this whole shift has something to do with being a parent, wanting to simplify (in my own way, at least), and get back in touch with nature. Although that begs the question, was I ever IN touch?

Henry and I spend a lot of time outdoors, and every weekend the three of us always find ourselves outside exploring or on some sort of an adventure. Last week we all made the short drive to beautiful Sedona, and spent some time at Red Rock Park, one of our favorite places in Sedona. Have you been there before? There are a ton of picnic areas and trails to explore, but the most beautiful little spot would have to be the first bridge as you're walking down into the main hiking area. I just love it.

This time we decided to wear Henry in our ErgoBaby carrier (Ergo generously sent us some carriers last month for Henry and Charlie) and it was AWESOME. I actually didn't know you could wear a toddler as big as Henry in the pack, but both Hank and Henry were pleasantly surprised with how easy and comfy it was. Henry even remarked that Hank was Luke, and he was Yoda. Ha!

A few things about our day:

1. At the end of our hike Hank and I both finally decided it was DEFINITELY time for H. to get a haircut. The mix of sunscreen, sweat, and the breeze made it all sorts of tangled (dreadlocked even) so a couple days later I ended up cutting a few inches off. Much better!

2. Sedona = red dirt. And that red dirt gets everywhere! The running shoes I wore are now gray, neon yellow...and red.

3. No matter how much time I spend in the great outdoors, I'm a still a wimp. A crack of a branch or the rustle of a bush sends me jumping towards Hank, positive there is a mountain lion set to pounce, when in actuality it's usually a squirrel or a bird hopping around. I'm trying to reign this in as much as possible so I don't rub off on Henry! Easier said than done, though...

4. We ended our day with hot dogs are the BEST PLACE EVER. I'll write a separate post about this later!

p.s. Here's the carrier Hank has on, and you can use this with children up to 45 lbs!

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25 comments:

  1. i have the original and i've carried my two and half year old in it, and she even fell asleep in it at disneyland on my back :)

    she kind of knew it was for her little brother so she kept crying to go in it and i just gave in not thinking it would be comfortable for either of us, but surprisingly it didn't hurt me (and i'm only 5 feet tall!) and she still wants to get in it when she get's tired.

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  2. Beautiful photos -- they make me wish I had invested in a good carrier for the kid (he's 2.5 years old & 33 lbs).

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  3. Looks like such a fun adventure! Beautiful photos!

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  4. love those picutes.. H is so cute!!!

    www.mamajulesbrussels.blogspot.com

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  5. I have friends that live in Sedona and this would be such a lovely place to visit!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  6. What a beautiful place to spend time with the family. Henry is gorgeous!

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  7. Great shots-what an adventure! I lived in the south for a bit and we had red clay---so hard to get out of clothing. Hopefully red dirt is easier ;)

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  8. Those are beautiful photos. With such a scenic area that you live in, I can see why you'd choose to be outside all the time!

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  9. So fun! It reminds me of growing up - such great photos!

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  10. I miss the desert so much! What a beautiful spot for a hike!

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  11. I love Sedona, but I have not been to Red Rock State Park yet. It looks like somewhere to visit. We usually hit the creek a little bit East of there by the base of Cathedral Rock.

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  12. that's where i grew up! such a magical place. we went several months ago and it was so beautiful!

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  13. Looks like so much fun! Just curious - what kind of carrier that is for Henry? Need a better one than the giant backpack we have for our daughter (who just turned 1 on the 6th of May and is 25lbs of heaviness!!)

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  14. Love love LOVE our Ergo!!!

    Omg Hank probably loved the Luke/Yoda comment.

    That last picture of the two of them is so sweet

    - cinnamon g1rl

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  15. I was very much like you growing up, never wanting to get muddy/dirty. Since having two little boys of my own, something changed in me also! I think it's being around so much BOY and ENERGY and PURITY that puts life into perspective. My youngest wants nothing to do with TV or toys--he wants to be OUT! I do too, and have enjoyed camping, hiking, and other activities I never thought I would. Having boys has definitely changed my own perspective, and it's nice to see someone else talk about it :) Boys are such fun!

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  16. When kids make observations like that Luke/Yoda one I die, too cute.

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  17. one of my most favorite sedona places! did you get hot dogs at simons, at the real oak creek brewery? that is where we always go after a sedona hike. you may know about this already, but have you been to indian gardens? it is in the canyon, on the way between sedona and flagstaff, and looks like a convenience store. but if you stop they have really great sandwiches and craft beers and healthy snacks and espresso, and the very best part is a hidden garden in back to eat it all in. shaded and non touristy and under red rocks and green trees. i am so happy to have found it, it is our new favorite spot in sedona.

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  18. Boo hoo, feeling sad, our carrier got stolen last weekend. Jarvis and I are going to miss it.

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  19. I love our ERGO!!! I wore my 43lb son in it at 41weeks pregnant with my third.

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  20. I love the outdoors! Looks like some great family time.

    Jana @ 333 Days of Hand Lettering

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  21. I love Sedona :)
    I'm pretty sure I've been to that park to take senior photos of my brother in law ... years and years ago

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  22. I love how much you guys have as a family! definitely makes me look forward to the day when we're finally ready...

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  23. love that photo of you and henry sitting by the water! so sweet.

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  24. Quick question...did you cut Henry's hair yourself? Any tips? My son has longer hair, he's two and never had it cut/trimmed, and I'm afraid to take him to someone and have them chop it. I'd like it to be on the longer side, but a bit more manageable. Thanks!

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