I’m not sure how it happened, but this morning I felt motivated. I wanted to pack the jogging stroller into the van and head down to the Monterey Coastal Trail. Before Ana started school I couldn’t use the stroller because I had three kids at home and only two seats. I often said that I was looking forward to only having two kids at home so then I could run outside during the day with no problem.
Well, it’s been over a month since I’ve only had two kids at home and never did take them out. I was afraid to take the stroller out around my neighborhood because of the hills. So I thought taking them down to the flat coastal trail would help ease me into it.
Problem was that I forgot I had packed the back of the van with stuff to take to Goodwill… about three weeks ago!
So I finally dropped the stuff off at Goodwill. And because I didn’t want to drive all the way back down the hill, I just went out in my neighborhood with the stroller.
It was definitely more work than running by myself. But I felt like I really accomplished something even though it was only 1.5 miles.
After I picked up Caleb from school we headed out to Carmel Valley to pick some bay leaves for my brother-in-law.
I haven’t taken the kids out on a hike in several months. Another thing that I’ve been afraid to do. I wish I knew what I did to make myself feel so courageous today. I’d like to be like this always.
I took the hiking pack for Eliza but let her walk at first. She was so excited, yelling and pointing at everything. And yes, she is in pajamas. I’ve given up trying to dress her in anything else.
And then about two minutes into the hike the girls started asking for snacks. We stopped at a bench and I had to put Eliza in the pack already because she kept stopping to play in the sand.
The kids had fun picking the bay leaves. I’ve never cooked with fresh bay leaves and honestly don’t even use the dried stuff much. But my brother-in-law loves the stuff. And apparently this variety, California Bay Laurel, is really strong. I can’t wait to see what he thinks about it.