front row seat every day

When the sun comes out and the shorts come on, we make a run for our favorite local nature park. I grew up on the trails, so letting my kids run free through the dirt bike paths and foot trails is a perfect way to celebrate warm weather. Yesterday we hustled to get school work done and then made a run for a day hike.

My girls. A lot like my sister and I many years ago.

3.16leaves-013.16leaves-02Scooting down the steep trails on her booty…with a little help from her big brother.3.16leaves-03This place is my favorite playground. We leave dirty, tired and usually with a few new scratches – all the markings of a great adventure outside.3.16leaves-053.16leaves-063.16leaves-08She dove into the leaves and quickly started covering herself in them. She was laughing and telling us she couldn’t find her legs. This girl. I feel like we were just celebrating her graduation from occupational therapy – a long process of overcoming some huge sensory and texture obstacles. Not that long ago this moment would have been marked by tears and panic. Yesterday it was all giggles and smiles. One of my favorite parts of parenting is watching my kids overcome their fears. 3.16leaves-093.16leaves-10What started as a hike to soak in the sun turned into a reminder that parenting is getting a front row seat to the miraculous every day.

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  • Suzanne - Amen!

  • Byron - Awesome pictures! Fun!

  • Susan - PE class with your gang would be a blast! This is the type adventure that makes home schooling so much fun!

  • Anna Taylor - I love how much time you spend outside with the kids! Would you mind sharing where you go to explore? We live in Tulsa with our two kids and I am so eager to find some new places to explore with the kids. I know Turkey Mountain is the most well known place in Tulsa, but I would rather find some new places to explore with less people around, if you know what I mean….I really just wish we lived on our own plot of land to explore…maybe one day 😉

  • aubrey - I love this and I absolutely love reading about your journey in life. For so many years you have continued to inspire me to find joy in the everyday blessings of life. Simply, thank you!

  • Rae - I love this, Ashley! <3

  • AshleyAnn - Anna – These pictures are from Ray Harrel Nature Park. It is in Broken Arrow. Oxley Nature Center (by the zoo) has great hiking too. We also like Redbud Valley – there are stepper hikes and some caves there. All three places are usually pretty empty 🙂

  • Dawn - Ahhhhh! This makes me want to buy that house sight unseen just to be over there! Also, so proud of that rockstar of yours! Love her 🙂 Also, this nice OK weather has me wanting to spray paint something … I haven’t had my nails “done” in a while 🙂

  • babs - your last photo of little one is fantastic. her sunlit hair and facial expression beautifully capture her delight in the sunlit leaves. depth of field perfect.

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - That last shot is stunning!