It’s April, and that means I’m right at the cusp of the busy photography season. It’s been a slow winter on the blog, full of real-life behind the scenes work like updating print materials for 2018 (FINALLY finished!), taxes (BOOOOO), and taking courses for continuing education (hurrah!).
Personally, I’ve also been trying to be more present with my little family, streamlining household chores and prioritizing getting outside and adventuring! My kids are 1 and 5, and it can be a totally chaotic season of life, but I also have been working hard on not falling into the trap of “busy=good.” We’ve done more hiking, painting, and cookie-baking than ever before and we’ve made so many memories. I’m hoping we can continue this work-life balance as we get in to summer, and today I thought I’d share some photos of my favorite things lately!
So first–hiking! Or, with toddlers, walking slowly outside! I joined Hike it Baby when I moved to Newberg last year, and let me tell you, it has brought so much JOY into our lives! If you’re not familiar with it, Hike it Baby is an organization that developed here in Oregon and grew into a national organization with chapters all over the country! It’s all about getting kids and their parents/caretakers outside regularly with scheduled walks in their towns. We’ve discovered so many great new places and had fun exploring trails with other kids and parents! It’s also encouraged us to hike as a family more often too. Here’s a photo from my new favorite place, Erratic Rock in McMinnville. It’s a tiny little park, but it’s up on a hill with a view of the surrounding farmland, which is pretty much my favorite thing. Hopefully I’ll get around to blogging some of my other favorite kid-friendly trails in Yamhill County, but this one is a great short little walk to start on!