River Place Nature Trail
Well, like most things in this mama’s life these days I’m just a little bit behind. So my Valentine’s day post is going up a few days late. I thought instead of posting cute pictures of the heart shaped waffles I made for breakfast or the butterfly cards my daughter made, I would write about another kind of love…my love of nature. Am I a tree-hugger? Well, some might call me that. My kids both do actually love hugging trees strangely enough. I’ve always loved the outdoors but recently I have a new love and appreciation for mother nature. After my first was born I definitely went through a period of post-partum depression and I never really got back into an exercise routine. I also rarely did things for myself and after having my second I was determined things would be different. How would I entertain my 4.5 yr old, care for a baby, and take care of myself I wondered??? Well it turns out, simply by going outside. For me sunshine and fresh air seem to be my magic potion. Actually, I don’t even need the sunshine. I’ll take a cold rainy day too as long as I can get outside. Making sure we get outside everyday, no matter the weather, is better than anti-depressant/anxiety drug you could ever design. Exercise for me and playtime for the kids while connecting us all to nature is the secret to this mama’s happiness. I am no longer a “stay at home mom”, I’m a “go on adventures mom”. So nature, here is my valentine to you, albeit belated. XOXOXO Here are some of our recent adventures.
McKinney Falls State Park
The view on my runs at Ladybird Lake. This is seriously my medicine for all that ails me.
The Austin Nature & Science Center
Free Forest School (Bull Creek District Park and Roy G. Guerrero Colorado River Met. Park) Btw, if you don’t know about Free Forest School you should.
Barton Creek Greenbelt. P.S. If you don’t live in Austin we have horrible weather and nothing to do.