It's official! 2012 is over! The world didn't end! Woo Hoo!
My 2013 will start with a breath and a whisper; to be the best person I can be... for myself, my husband, my daughter and the world. It's a tall order, but still, I will pursue my declaration with vigorous devotion every morning I have the pleasure to awake.
Here are but a few of the days this year when I woke up grateful to be able to explore the world with my baby girl:
One of our favorite hikes before we had kids is this great trail in the Malibu mountains which leads you through meadows and over massive boulders, criss-crossing rivers and finally ends at a natural grotto. We finally brought the baby there this year. It was such a gorgeous day!
|Hiking in Malibu, California|
Earlier this year, fellow Mommy Hiker, Megan Flowers introduced us to Underwood Family Farms and it was love at first sight! It's a great way to keep the kids connected to the earth, teach them where our food comes from and how it grows. Life lessons coupled with dirt! Lots of dirt!
|Picking the perfect tomato|
Me and the Peanut enjoying a tickle and the trickle of a calm mountain waterfall.
We only managed to sneak in a few days of camping this year. It never feels like enough! This was just a short ride up the coast to McGrath State Beach and it barely satisfied our thirst, but the bloody mary's courtesy of Michael Flowers were delish.
|Camping at McGrath State Beach|
During our almost month-long summer stay in Turkey this year, we explored many ruins and villages along the way!
|Exploring an old Turkish village|
These purple hydrangea bloom every spring, right outside our front door!
|Taking the time to stop and smell the flowers|
One of our favorite hikes with the kids is a trail that meanders up a canyon in the mountains of Altadena, California which leads to a beautiful 50-foot waterfall and refreshing swimming hole!
|Hiking in Altadena, California|
|Frolicking in an art installation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art|
These two have hiked the entire greater Los Angeles area together! It is one of my tremendous pleasures in life to watch them develop their bond.
|Hiking buddies forever!|
This picture my hubby took doesn't really need any explanation. It was pure bliss to have the opportunity to introduce our baby girl to her father's homeland.
|Conquering the soft pebble shores of The Mediterranean|
October brought us back to the Underwood Family Farms! During the Fall season, hey have an awesome corn maze and massive pumpkin patch!
|Conquering a Corn Maze|
|Choosing the perfect pumpkin|
While my mother and brother were in town visiting for the holidays, we took a drive up to Lake Arrowhead to frolick in the snow! Vivi LOVED it...for about 15 minutes! Then she was ready to snuggle up with the pups by the fireplace, which was fine with us considering that's where the wine was!
|What is this cold, wet stuff?|
Christmas morning was full of gasps, laughter, shouting and joy. My mom's comment summed it up perfectly! "Enjoy it, this is probably the last time she'll ever be so excited to get socks." Ha!
I'll leave you with this picture. For me, it sums up everything.
Take the time to be still, to ponder, to reflect, to realize. Happy New Year!!!