How is your week going? Do you like Mondays?
On Monday we set out at 0300. The alarm went off at 0200 and we allowed ourselves some safe waking up time. We had plans. Big plans. Low tide was about two hours after sunrise. We wanted to film and photograph for some projects.
It was worth it. Every single moment.
We went to one of the most popular places in the Olympic National Park and…
had it to ourselves, alone, at sunrise. Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant! And yes, I’m grateful. It was surreal.
After a few hours there we went on a new hike. We weren’t ready to go home and we wanted to be out, so we agreed on a spot and went.
The hike was delightful! Susanna started off quickly and was eager to go, not wanting to wait for us. Elena was a bit fussy due to teething, but hung in there very well.
We didn’t bring toys for Elena, so she gnawed on the hiking pole, my finger, the camera strap, and her carrier. Sweet girl did her best, and for that I’m grateful.
We were reminded that Susanna is a natural trail runner. Give the girl hills, and off she goes. She’s more than skilled at climbing narrow areas and gets bored with flats. Hmm.. like anyone else I know? Yes, her mother.
There are moments when I’ve thought, “really? This is our life.” Now I think, “really! This is our life!” The change is more than punctuation, it’s an acceptance.
We fought hard for this flexibility and focus on family. I’m determined to make the most of it. If that means waking up at 0200 for the moments we had, so be it. I’ll do it again and again and again.
What are your weekend plans? How have you changed your acceptance of your life?