I know it sounds crazy, but take your one-year-old skiing!
We have two very young boys, Carver is 2 and Bridger is 3 months old. This was our third winter season skiing with our toddler, and he absolutely LOVES it! There's nothing more fun for a young boy than playing in the snow, going FAST, and drinking lots of hot chocolate; and now he is actually a pretty dang good skier too. ;)
I know it sounds super intimidating to think of bringing along your unpotty-trained one year old up to the ski resort to only freeze their butts off and have melt-downs in the cold...right? I totally get that, and I’m not going to pretend it’ll be all sunshine and rainbows, but it is SO much for doable than you’d think. The key is to TAKE IT SLOW, prepare for the worst, and dress WARM.
My husband and I are both ski and snowboard instructors here in Utah so we've taught our fair-share of kiddos and kiddo-esque adults on the snow. We've seen it all... and have a few tricks up our ski jackets when it comes to the LITTLE guys.
It's okay if your ski day only lasts an hour, and the rest of the time you spend in the lodge eating chili fries. We've had SO MANY days like this, and honestly they are some of my favorites! There's nothing better than hanging out with your family in a beautiful place.
hey guys, I just wanted to talk about getting the little ones outside and exploring. I think there's a big stigma around getting the kids outdoors, and thinking that it has to be a big event with lots of planning, time and effort. There are definitely those trips when planning and lots of time are involved, but it doesn't always have to be that way.
In any community there are so many opportunities to get outside and enjoy what's around us. In our community we have the ability to walk to plenty of parks, splash pads, community farms, hiking trails, and so many other things. Don't forever about just a simple walk around the block, anytime you're getting out of the house and spending unplugged time together is really strengthing those family bonds.
our little guy is OBSESSED with bikes right now. Like, anything he sees with any kind of wheel is a "bah!". we got him a little push trike recently and he is in love! Every evening his whole world is made when I ask him if he wants to go ride his bike. He giggles and squeels all the way out the door to his bike, and we literally just walk in circles. For him it is the greatest thing ever! He doesn't see it as a monotonous game of walking in circles, he sees it as an exciting way of getting out of the house and exploring the neighborhood while we talk about what we see.
Getting outside doesn't have have to be a big thing.
"We have been so amazed at how easy it's been to get our little guy out with us on our adventures. I understand though that I have only have one little guy, and many super moms and dads have more."
we live here in Utah where the temps in the summer are regularly in the triple digits (that's 100+ folks) which means that spending time in and on the water is a must.
We got our first paddle board for Stephens birthday a few months ago. He had been hinting at getting a board for so long after he had been exposed to them by some family in Laguna, CA. I finally buckled and bought him one after his excessive pestering. I have to admit, I thought they were pretty silly when I first saw one and didn't have much interest in ever trying one...boy was I wrong. You could probably now consider me "obsessed".
We reached the trailhead at about 6:30 a.m. and payed our $6 recreation fee. (Because of course my expensive State Parks Pass doesn’t cover every recreation area.) We threw the baby in the pack and hit the trail with the intent of summiting. The trail was absolutely BEAUTIFUL! If you haven't been to the area, you really must spend some time exploring the scenery.
Before we began the hike, we had heard that there would be quite a bit of snow still on the trail. We had remembered micro-spikes for our boots, so we thought we were set. Staying on the trail proved to be pretty tricky as there were still huge snow fields covering much of it. We found another group of hikers who didn't know where they were going, so we navigated the snow-covered mountain together. It can be so good to meet up with others on the trail, especially on a more strenuous hike like a summit.