Often times as moms, bloggers, and humans we only show those picture perfect moments. You know the ones where everyone is smiling, the house is immaculate, and our hair looks AMAZING. I feel like it’s my job to be real with you and you can’t get more real than this.
I love going on adventures with my girls but this mama is almost always in need of a nap afterwards. Real is kids screaming, strollers getting stuck, no one wanting to walk, and getting lost in the woods. So sit back and enjoy because it’s all here.
Nature Scavenger Hunts are a great way to get outside and explore nature, both of which I highly recommend. You can read more about why adventures are so good for both parents and kids here.
Along with the beauty of nature and the scavenger hunt finds, today you will also see the raw and real beauty in adventures with kids. Enjoy.
- Pushing a double stroller into a giant hole covered by leaves and almost ejecting both kids and falling myself. (No one was severely hurt)
- Pushing a double stroller on unpaved terrain while carrying one kid on my shoulders and another on my hip. Straight outta the circus y’all. (Thankfully my friend Erika was along or I wouldn’t have made it out of those woods).
- Thinking you are at one place on the map only to discover you actually have NO IDEA where you are. (Just keep walking, just keep walking)
- Halfway through the walk, when it’s too late to turn around and all the kids decide they can’t walk another step.
- The twins refusing to walk, refusing to ride in the stroller, and not really wanting to be held. (Uh, I’m out of options for you girls.)
- Two out of four kids screaming because sister found a walking stick and they didn’t.
- That moment when you see your car through the woods and are so grateful because you really and truly had no idea where you were for the last 30 minutes.
- Turning over a log to see what is underneath, meanwhile praying that no snake lives there. (I’m trying to teach my kids to be adventurous, I have to at least model that adventurous spirit, right?!?!)
- Pushing a double stroller NOT MEANT for off-road terrain x 100. Every stick gets caught, the wheels bend/contort in awkward positions when you bump into/ run over a log or branch. My kids need helmets or it needs an airbag because the ride gets BUMPY.
- Four kids and ONE double stroller plus an hour and a half hike…. I’m no math genius but WHAT WAS I THINKING!
There are always times in the thick of it where you probably ask yourself, “What was I thinking.” In the end though, how often do you really regret your choice. During this specific adventure especially when the kids were getting tired I started second guessing myself and this whole adventure thing. Then, 5 minutes later we came to this babbling brook and they were all excited, curious, and happy again. As Pete the Cat would say, “It’s ALL Good,” and it is.
Some trips, outings, vacations, adventures, or days are worse than others, but don’t give up! Keep trying! After an epic fail just regroup, and take a different approach. Take a different route, use a different stroller, invite a friend to join, or give the kids toys specific to your outing to keep them engaged.
Just know that life with kids isn’t always as glamorous as it seems on social media or TV, it’s messy, loud, crazy, hectic, tiring, and often times downright hilarious. And know that you are not alone, this mama has her FAIR SHARE of blooper stories and I’m willing to share.
So, don’t be afraid to dive into that craziness and enjoy it!
I’d love to hear your “bloopers”. If you don’t have any, take a chance, try something new, step out of that comfort zone and your bloopers will surely follow! 🙂