On Saturday my mom took the kids out after Ethan's last soccer game. She took them to the Iris Festival and to lunch. This meant Matt and I got a few hours to ourselves :) It was unexpected and really nice. Usually we have to plan a "date night" a bit in advance, and it usually includes dinner. To be left with a few hours to ourselves in the middle of a lovely day was quite lovely! We went hiking in Wildwood Canyon State Park. I've always wanted to go to the peak, and while we didn't have time to get all the way there, we went super high and way farther than we've gone with kids. The crazy part was how quickly we were able to hike :) We were up and back to our car within an hour and 15 minutes.
The view from the top :) Not too shabby, even with the haze. The haze was wonderful because that's the reason it was cool enough to hike at 11:30!
We went home and changed and then headed to the Queen Bean for lunch.
Oh, and a side note, yes that is a huge gash on my head. I was bending over trying to pick up toys and came down full force on the corner of a book case. Super fun. I'm such a klutz.
Amazing what a few hours alone in the middle of the day can do for your spirits. We hadn't been hiking by ourselves since before we had kids, and we were reminded how active we used to be, and how much we enjoy it :) Don't get me wrong, we are still active with kids, but it's not the same as being able to hike 4 miles super quickly in the middle of the day and have nice conversation and not be dragging along a complaining child, haha :)
I'm super grateful for a mom who takes our kids so that we can have little times of refreshing. The great thing is that she takes them because she wants to be with them, and enjoys spending time with them. Thanks mom! You are awesome!