Take A Hike

Yesterday was a horribly dark and dismal day.

I usually love dark and cloudy days, but for some reason, yesterday was not a day to be enjoyed.

We tried all sorts of things to make it better, but when it came down to it, the day insisted on acting like a sulky teenager and just wanted to be left alone.

And that is when I remembered.

I have a love affair with my mountains. I don't call them the mountains, they are my mountains. The mountains here are unlike any other, and I have always loved going up to the mountain when I have a bad day, or when I am bored, or just for fun when I am happy. I have spent many hours exploring the valleys and the rocks and the secret places. I could never live somewhere that didn't have mountains an easy 10 minute drive away. I just couldn't! I need the strength and the majesty they have.

Yesterday it dawned on me that I hadn't been up to the mountains since I got married. I just haven't had time. That is why the day was so dismal. My soul longed for the quiet solitude and the peace that the mountains whisper to my deepest secret heart.

So I bundled the kids up and we went for a walk. We went to the park, in hopes it would be a good substitute. While it was a great walk, inspiring me to get the kids out every day despite the weather, it did nothing for my soul.

We flew, we picked up rocks, we tromped through ice walking on the edges to get the crackily sound. We played under the sculptures. It was a very nice walk. A little too much of man's creations and a little too few of God's, but not much can be helped there.

Possibly tomorrow I can go to the mountains tomorrow while Jeffrey watches the kids. I can dream.

Keith was completely exhausted when we got back from our excursion. After dinner he went to play in the fort.

We let him stay all night. His first time sleeping out of his bed. And he slept all night long! I have to say, I was impressed. Jeffrey and I had a bet going on about what time he would be waking up in the night. He didn't.

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Em said…
careful, you may never get your bed back, lol! we went outside yesterday too. the inversion definitely kills me zest after so many days in a row. makes me appreciate the sun though:-)
Emmy said…
Yeah! A full night's sleep.
Sorry you were having one of those days.

Those are the worst.

By the way where did you get your code for your scrolling blog buttons?
Noodle said…
I want to get out of the house too... Maybe I should take my que from you and just bundle up the kids and go... I love the fort I should turn sammy's room into in to one... It's perfect for it!
You know, when my mom came down here I asked her if she was wondering where the mountains were. She said she didn't even notice that there weren't any. But I agree, the mountains in Utah are so lovely! They provide an excellent, easy, and cheap way to get away from it all whenever you want to. Here I'm not sure where to go.
Chantel said…
I love the mountains too, although I have to say nothing beats this So. Cal 75 degree weather in January. I'm not looking forward to coming back to the cold!!
Gina said…
My husband feels like you about the mountains. I haven't ever seen them, but I bet I'd have a love affair with them if I ever "met" them too. Great photos.
Kaibee said…
Things of nature, they just enforce some eccentric feelings into you. You start thinking deep. These things they help you sort things out. In nature we find ourselves really close to God, and every man craves that closeness, because in God's name there is calmness.

I hope that your trip to the mountains, is a wonderful and refreshing one. The one that could cleanse your soul.

Kieth sleeping through the night in his fort is absolutely adorable. Just another thing that would remind you that your little baby is growing up. :)
Sue said…
A trip to the mountains always seems to do the trick for me, too. Make it happen, Amy! You deserve it.


PS. At the very least, you made it a wonderful day for the kids. And I love that your little guy slept in his tent all night.
Gail said…
Sometimes those things we've unintentionally given up when we have children come back to remind us that we NEED them.

Take that hike Amy. You'll be all the better for it! I pray you get loads of mountain hiking time this year!
tinahead81 said…
glad you got out of the house...but i'm sorry that it didn't make you feel better. i hope you get to wander by yourself to recharge. i know how that goes.

HOORAY for a full night of sleep--out of his bed! that's awesome! those pics are great!! :o)
sniffle sniffle :( I need my Amy fix!
Laura said…
I hope you get to the mountains soon! Your children are so adorable! Love your blog. :)

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