Snowshoeing in Santiam Pass

It’s been a busy week around here! A house came on the market that we kind of fell in love with and we scrambled around for a few days trying to get our ducks in a row and make an offer. I had a photoshoot with a sweet little one-month-old boy. I was asked by a good friend to see the Blazers play the Warriors Sunday night. And we had plans to head over to the Santiam Pass area to go snowshoeing with our brother and sister-in-law. After a pretty quiet month, it felt kind of crazy. Awesome, but crazy.

Sunday morning we woke up early, packed our gear and hopped in the car to head out snowshoeing. Despite forgetting to lace up my snow boots and ending up with severely blistered heels, doh! We had such a good time. We took off from Maxwell Sno Park and wound our way through the woods and up the mountain to a sweet little view point and warming cabin. We shared a quick picnic lunch and wandered the couple of miles back down through the trees to our car. Emmett had slept the entire drive there, so he was happy as a clam the whole way up, and mama’s clomping must have lulled him to sleep on the way back down because he totally crashed in the hiking pack. It was so sweet. He’s such a good little adventure buddy, loves to be outside, and I always feel so lucky he’s game for our crazy ideas.

The last few weeks I’ve had a lot of time to reflect. I’ve had a lot of really good, deep conversations with my husband, and though my life (and the state of the world) is far from perfect, I’m just feeling so very lucky. So blessed, so grateful, so happy. My days with Emmett are just so great. He’s changing and growing and learning, and I absolutely love getting to be a part of it. Ever since we put our TV in the back room, I swear Taylor and I’s “quality” time has increased tenfold. We’re reading books in the evening, listening to music, falling into really good, natural conversations and it’s been such a pleasure to reclaim our relationship from that big black screen.

Though things outside our doors aren’t quite as simple, and scrolling through the news on my phone tends to terrify me, through all the darkness I have seen a lot of hope, a lot of good people rising up and standing up for what they believe in and sticking up for other people.

Life has just been good lately, and I’m grateful for it. Happy Monday everyone! Hope you have a wonderful week.