It’s always a good weekend when the days start like this one. The other day, we got some much needed rain here in Phoenix, and we were so grateful for it. Our desert plants needed it, and the temperatures instantly dropped which we were so happy about. Since the pandemic hit, we have very rarely left our home.
Enjoying the Outdoors During a Pandemic
This is probably the third time we have left our house and actually got out of our car. Another one of those trips was to Oliver’s pediatrician, and one other time we found another secluded trail in the desert. So yeah, these days have been rare, but we were feeling really good about getting outside for a bit on a beautiful morning. I was grateful for the fresh air and the views. We needed it. We found a remote trail, with no one else around and it was so good for our souls.
Getting out with Little Ones
Little man was feeling pretty proud of himself, clutching onto those sunglasses and stomping all around the desert. It was his first time actually walking outside of our house, so it took us a minute to digest what we were seeing. Something about seeing your child walking in the wild really makes it all so real.
Kids Change You for the Better
This pandemic has taught us a lot about ourselves. We’ve spent so much time at home with just the three of us. It’s given us a good look at who we are and who we want to be. That is all multiplied when you add a kid to the mix. You start to see the world the way they see it and you start to realize that they are ALWAYS looking and listening to you.
Put all those things together and we have a force that really makes us want to be the best versions of ourselves: one that can lead by example and one that we can be proud of. Watching Oliver look up at the giant saguaros reminds us that this has all been here long before us, and it will all be here after we’re gone. We’re going to do our best to show this little guy what it looks like to respect the earth we walk upon.