Today he is 4

Today my son is 4. He’s my little man – inquisitive, smart, and caring OMG that boy has the purest heart. He’s taking after mom and growing tall and strong quickly. He often jokes about driving my car, lifting me up, or mowing the lawn and precedes each with “when I’m taller than you, I can…”.

Tomorrow he’ll be 5 – a tall skinny 5 (50″ and 50lbs). Then he will start kindergarten in the fall. Time has flown. I still can’t fathom that I’m having full conversations with this little person who wasn’t here 5 years ago.

Motivational Quotes

I like change. I like change better when it’s one stressorĀ at a time.

Sometimes though, it’s a bit like trying to stay at mental peace in the middle of a firestorm.

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If you’re stressed out and trying your best to stay positive, here are some thoughts that have helped me:

If you’re going through hell, keep going.
Winston Churchill

Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you’ve ever been, to stand up taller than you than you ever were.
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Just when the caterpillar thought its life was over, it became a butterfly.
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You’ll get what you want when you give yourself no other option.
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Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
Jim Ryun

Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.
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Hanging Lake hike

So maybe binge-watching Outlander episodes until 1am the night before leaving at 6:30am for a long hike up to Hanging Lake might not have been the best decision, but it was a fun day.

We started at about 6135 feet and hiked UP another 1200 over the course of 1.2 miles. And when I mean UP, I mean omg why the $@#% is the hardest part at the end?!

The lake is hanging on the edge of the mountain. They’re very concerned about erosion, so no bikes, no dogs, no swimming.
  
If you ever go, they close it off when the parking lot is full. You need to queue up and wait for others to finish their hike and leave.

I would recommend bringing water, electrolytes, a snack, good hiking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, extra batteries for your camera or a charger for your phone for pictures, and a hat.

   
   
                                                                      

Morning hike up Opal Hill

We tried to beat the heat and go for an early morning hike. It’s gorgeous here. Even with just an iPhone camera, it’s hard to take bad photos of the mountains. The hike was invigorating being up so high with the wind in our faces. There was only one point where the trail down from the top wound around the cap narrowly and we questioned our buddy’s sanity taking us down that way.

Fun times :)