All posts tagged: Kids

Tips for a successful hike with toddlers

Hiking with toddlers is not always sunshine and rainbows and I don’t ever want you to think that it is or that we have it “all together” because that’s just not true. We have had our fair share of melt-downs, diaper blowouts and carrying kids back to the car. Hiking with toddlers can sometimes be exhausting. We have been there and still sometimes experience those things. However, it’s getting better and we are learning. We hiked before kids, but now we are learning to hike with kids and have been doing so since our oldest was born five years ago. These are some things that we have learned to have a successful hike with our 3 kids (all 5 and under). Let them help select the hiking trail. Choose a couple trails that have rivers, lakes, waterfalls, and cool rock formations to climb on and let your kids choose which trail to do. Getting your kids involved in the planning process help them feel more ownership and motivate when hiking! Also, knowing the things they …

Using Nature to find One on One Time with the Kids

I’m a mom with three toddlers (all four and under). I want to spend one-on-one time with all of them. I don’t know about you, but for me finding time to give undivided one on one attention to each of them is almost impossible. Life at home is just too crazy! I’m feeding, cleaning, changing diapers, doing potty breaks, refereeing my boys, meal planning and acting as climbing gym for all my kiddos to climb on.  At home, each of my kids wants my attention. Every day.  I just can’t give it without causing one of them to feel left out. But when we’re outdoor adventuring that changes. I find it easy to provide the one on one time that my kids are wanting and craving.   One of the reasons we love spending so much time in nature is because it allows us to disconnect, slow down and spend time as a family without any distractions. The kids are all preoccupied with their surroundings, exploring nature and taking in the beauty, that they don’t …

A Hike for the Books

On most weekends you can find our family out hiking around different parts of Colorado. For us hiking allows us to slow down, explore and enjoy time as a family. There are no distractions or places to be, just the mountains and us! We feel very lucky to live in such a beautiful place and explore it with our kids! Hiking honestly allows for a different experience each and every time we go! The landscape, the colors, the textures, and the wildlife, I don’t know how you could ever get bored! However hiking with toddlers can sometimes be a whole different story! We like to be creative with our hikes and find trails that offer more than just walking! We find trails that our kids can explore lakes, waterfalls, rock formations and wildlife. I think kids, or at least my kids, are more than just visual they like to touch, climb, throw and explore. Throwing rocks into the water, playing in the river and climbing on boulders, these are the moments that my kids remember. …

Teaching our kids to ski

This past weekend we decided to take our boys skiing for the first time. My husband is a avid snowboarder and has been anticipating taking our boys skiing since they were born. For some reason his soul craves the rush of adenine and powder covered mountains and he wants our boys to experience that too! After arriving to the ski resort and getting settled in we went back and forth as to weather to rent ski’s for our 2 year old son. Our son Eli is a bit stubborn at times. When he wants to do something he does it whole-heartedly, but when he doesn’t want to do something— you know how it goes. But we went ahead and rented him skis anyway!  After getting all there gear we headed to the bunny hill to teach them the basic techniques. Although the start was a bit rough, the boys quickly took to skiing. The first several times we went down holding the back of their snow pants reminding them to make a pizza to slow down. Once they got …