Photo Diary / 3 / The Great Outdoors

Monday, July 23, 2012











This weekend I took my twin boys M+L on their first camping trip. I had all of these visions of relaxing while maybe thinking about work in a different environment so I brought books I've been meaning to look through, my sketch book to jot down nature inspirations and my mole skin journal where I keep my ideas list - well, I didn't even open the bag they rested in. Work totally gave way to throwing rocks in the river with my boys (and then throwing more rocks in the river) and setting/tearing down camp, finding crawdads and tadpoles, picking wild flowers and sitting by the camp fire staring into the flames thinking about nothing, but the moment I was in. So I have to say it was sublime! Total success and a good reminder that everything has its place and time - enjoying the moments of being lost in thoughts of nothingness, just clearing my mind and finding good rocks for my twins to throw was exactly where I suppose to be and I am so glad I allowed myself to be so very present in those moments.

Are there certain times in your life or places you find yourself when you can let go of all your ideas and thoughts and be totally present in the moment at hand?  

11 comments:

  1. I LOVE camping! We go a few times a year...and I always take a book..which I very rarely even open. My kids love camping...it's a great time to really bond with your family, away from technology...no game system, no tvs, etc. So glad you guys had a good time =)

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    1. I agree, April! I think it's something I need to do more often - get away from technology. I have to say I am as bad as my kids especially having all my work online and a blog. I think my withdrawls were way worse than my their by far : )

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  2. I love this post! I also really enjoyed your great photos. It looks and sounds like you all had a wonderful time. Funny, but whenever I let my plans and ideas about how an event or trip is going to go I find that I have a magical time. It is usually me expectations of anything that get me into trouble! Thanks for the reminder!

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    1. Thanks Kathy, you are so right, when you let go of any expectations that's when are able to really enjoy life because life is unpredictable anyway! And most times thats exactly what makes it so great.

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  3. Beautiful pictures! I love watching the kids explore the outdoors and finding new things. Wonderful!

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    1. Thanks so much! It was really lovely just watching them be so happy - that's truly what made it so fabulous.

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  4. Fabulous black & white pictures...I want to go camping!

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    1. Thanks! I used to LOVE black and white photos - still do. But I started loving color I stopped taking black and white as much. While camping I took a few and in my journey to approach things differently I decided to keep going with it. And, I want to go camping again!

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  5. Omg that trip sounds like perfection. I love the pics.

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    1. Thanks Lisa! It was great! I did remember a couple "musts" I had forgotten over my few year hiatus from camping, so I know the next time will be even better. My criteria includes: being able to have my car at my camp, going somewhere where the stars will be visible i.e. east of portland not west : ) and a camp area with little hiking trails. So I am really excited for the next camping trip - and I think I will also just leave all my notebooks at home next time too!

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  6. Incredible photos! You really have a gift. I was at the beach with my twins and we also founf a heart shape rock. I have a similar photo. SO that's a crawdad - looks like a Maine Lobster :) I am so glad you were in the moment with your boys. SOmetimes I have to remind myself to do that.
    Leigh
    www.oneandoneequalstwinfun.com

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