Hiking In Mammoth Mountain

If you follow along on Instagram, you probably know the mountains called and so we went. It was so much fun bringing my family on a trip that I took so many times during my childhood. We went and explored places we've never been before, but that I have always wanted to encounter and it was nothing short of breathtaking. Of course knowing us, we took the trails less traveled and ventured through the rugged mountain terrain...with our four year old. Call us crazy.
This was Lyla's very first hike and she did outstanding. We only had to stop briefly for a breakdown -- we understood. She was tired, hot and just needed a little motivation to keep pushing forward, so we let her carry Daddy's Go-Pro for a bit. There were definitely times during the hike that I thought we ought to turn around because of the terrain, but together we managed to cross tricky waters, fallen trees, and steep inclines. By the time we reached the top our hair was tangled, our feet wet and muddy, and our faces also covered in dirt--it was amazing.

I can't explain how rewarding it felt to do something as a family, especially when we haven't had the opportunity to experience something like this together in such a long time. The hike was totally spontaneous, our plan was to just picnic and fish around the lakes but once we saw this waterfall, we knew we had to get up there. The look in Lyla's eyes was absolutely priceless when she saw the waterfall. We ended up hanging out at the top to rest for about an hour, until we realized Lyla was falling asleep in Alan's arms--there was definitely no way we would've made it back down the mountain carrying her.  To wake her up I had to tell her that we needed to hurry before it got dark and the lions and bears came out-- otherwise the girl was totally okay with sleeping next to a waterfall in her Daddy's arms. Needless to say, once we got back to the car it only took her about twenty seconds to knock out.

The World Is Ours

" Speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on earth, for what they believe is what they will become. " - Brooke Hampton

Time and time again I've heard people talk about how difficult it is to do anything with their kids, and while I don't necessarily agree with that, I totally get it, kids are challenging. As a Mom, it's been a top priority of mine to do as many things as possible with Lyla-- being married to someone in the military didn't leave me with much of an option. If there is one thing I've learned about going out anywhere with your kid(s) or kids in general, is that you too have to become a kid, or at the very least lighten up. Spilled drinks, happen. Tantrums, happen. And guess what? It's not the end of the world. I have yet to see a mess that wasn't able to be tidied, fixed, or forgotten. Those split moments of embarrassment and frustration are not worth ruining your child's self-esteem or a good time. Take a deep breath and remember that children are not perfect and neither are you. 

I've always had a bit of a wandering spirit, but now that I have the world's greatest sidekick to roam about with, the world has become much more fascinating. I love seeing the glow in her eyes when she finds beauty in the world, I love seeing the cheek to cheek smile on her face when she learns something new, I love to feel her tight grip on my finger when she's excited to go. All the "hassle" is worth it. The world is ours