There are some days you just need to get away. Away from laundry and dishes and two boys fighting over the last goldfish and cleaning up the cracker crumbs AGAIN and well...just everything related to your house.
And no, a walk around the neighborhood just won't do.
You need a heavy dose of something beautiful. And my something beautiful is about 90 minutes away at Bastrop State Park. They have trees - real ones. Not the bushes that dot our Austin landscape.
So at 10am this morning I decided to pack everyone into the car for a day at the park.
There is nothing better for two rambunctious boys than to run around the forest throwing rocks and collecting pine cones (for throwing too of course).
And because my son is Hayden, we had to have a picnic. This boy is a picnic LOVER. I think he would prefer all our meals served outdoor on a blanket.
And of course, no trip to the park would be complete without a long hike on the trails. The boys did great - Hayden walked the whole way and Corbin about half.
Overall the trip was just what I needed. I got to soak in some "green" and let the boys run wild. Hayden even got to practice his big brother responsibilities by corralling Corbin and bringing him back to the picnic area when he strayed too far. Definitely a skill I'm going to be enjoying more of in the future!
I just might have to add this outing to our schedule every week, as we all came home quite happy!