Go with the flow

Some days you have to throw out your plans and just go with the flow. Today was one of those days.

I had planned for the kids and I to attend a monthly social put on by my home birth midwife. We’ve yet to go to one because they are held the exact same time as our local AP meeting each month. However, I figured we’d skip the AP meeting this once and go catch up with my midwife, who I haven’t had much of a chance to chat with at all since 7 months ago when Julian was born.

However, after being awake for only 30 minutes this morning, both kids were in tears, Ava was melting down repeatedly and, as much as I wanted to see my midwife, I didn’t think a social event would be in anyone’s best interest – us or anyone in attendance. So we didn’t go.

Still, I felt we needed to get out of the house and break up the funk that already had a hold on our day. I decided we’d take a long drive up into the mountains. Julian could get a good nap in, and Ava and I could get out of the house – something we surely needed. Between working on my new CafePress store and the API auction lately, I really felt I needed a break from reality.

Estes Park

We took the long, scenic drive up to Estes Park. Julian slept most of the way. Ava and I admired the mountains and trees. I remembered why I used to enjoy hiking so much pre-Ava. We really need to start doing that again and getting back out into nature. I miss it.

By the time we got into Estes Park, we were all getting a little hungry for lunch. We stopped at a cafe and I asked if we could order some sandwiches to go. The woman who worked there said there would be quite a wait since there was a big order ahead of us, and told me about another sandwich place, Shakes Alive, nearby. We headed over there and got a couple of sandwiches for Ava and me and a strawberry smoothie to share. Then we drove to the visitor center, got out our blanket and took our meal to our favorite picnic spot in Estes Park, by the Big Thompson River, for a picnic lunch.

The chipmunks watched us intently as we ate our food, and we watched them, making sure they didn’t get too close. I nursed Julian to the sound of the rushing river. (There’s something about nursing outside that feels so natural and earthy to me. I love it.) Tourists walked leisurely about. Ava waved at some teenage girls having lunch nearby, and they waved back. It was a calm, relaxing afternoon.

After we were done eating and were just finishing up our smoothie, the clouds let lose and it started raining on us. At first it was just a nice, gentle rain, but then it picked up and I decided to move us under a picnic shelter about 15 feet away. I held Julian at a picnic table, watching and smelling the rain, while Ava danced in it. It was one of those moments where I wished time could stand still. I haven’t been having a lot of those moments lately. Maybe because I’m trying to do too many things and not having enough time to do any of them well. It was a much-needed reminder that sometimes it’s OK, and even GOOD, to slow down and just let things happen and enjoy the moment.

After the rain let up, we took a little walk, then the rain clouds threatened again so we called it an afternoon and headed back to the car. I’d like to say we got home and all laid down for a nice nap (I sure needed one) to complete our relaxing day, but that didn’t happen. ;) However, I enjoyed the time with the kids, just being out together and in the beauty of Colorado.

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18 thoughts on “Go with the flow

  1. I love when those bad mornings change into wonderful afternoons, just by changing the scenery and doing something out of the every-day. Good for you- I am glad you got to enjoy the day.

  2. how lovely and you write so well that I lived everything as if I was there with you. Weather here is also very rainy and cloudy, this is not I understand from summer and I too miss spending a day out in nature.

  3. Oh it sounds like a wonderful day Amy!! I can’t imagine living so close to all these beautiful places. I am glad you got out for some fresh air. I am hoping to finally get out of the house…the temp is suppose to be nice today!!

  4. That sounds like it was such a lovely day! Some times you do need to just slow down and take a breath. Those simple moments are the ones that you will remember the most. I know I did as a child. The memories that stick out the most to me are the ones where I was riding my horse in the woods and it was just us and nature.

  5. There’s nothing like nature to take away anything negative! I miss my days of hiking and backpacking too, Amy. I also married a city boy whose never gone camping! I may go with my sister once Aidan’s bigger. It sounds like your day ended up wonderfully.

  6. I’m so jealous of your beautiful little trip! I’ve always wanted to visit Estes Park…lucky you. You deserved such a visit!
    And…you are right about just going with the flow…I’m not so great at that, but Motherhood has taught me that I don’t really have a choice.
    XOXO

  7. Oh, I just visited Estes Park on our vacation last month! It was probably my favorite place we went to! I have a picture somewhere of nursing Gray in my wrap while walking around the shops. It’s gorgeous there!

    Steph

  8. this sounds so magical and perfect. i am glad you followed your mama-heart-head and flowed with your day in this way. how amazing. i am so jealous…and so happy that you shared it, because now i lived that drive, those yummy sammies and smoothies and that perfect rain right with you. how blessed.

    peace
    mb

  9. Sounds so wonderful! We’ve had a few days like that recently as well. We just had to get out and go somewhere! And smoothies…yummy my favorite! You’re such a good mom, you wouldn’t believe how many moms would not cancel their plans b/c of the kids. They would just drag them along and wonder why they were acting so badly and then be upset by it. :-(

  10. You write beautifully and are fortunate to live where you can take a picnic to a place people would drive thousands of miles to see. Thanks, you’re right, the days do go better when you go with the flow. I have been pretty out of sync myself lately, reading this helps.

  11. Sounds like a perfect day!! Some of my favorite days are the ones where I stop pushing and let the day flow. It makes me wonder why I stress myself out over day rushing here and there with a long to-do list. If I’m going to be behind all the time I might as well enjoy it ;)

  12. That is how to turn around the mood of the day! Sounds like a beautiful adventure. My in-laws go to Estes Park periodically and always rave about it. Maybe when the kids are a bit bigger we’ll do a family reunioun type deal out there.

  13. sounds amazing. what a good choice…I have been needing to do that myself a little more. Get away from the daily grind and really enjoy the kids!

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