Hearts Knit Together #33: Snowshoeing with Children in Salt Lake City

Hearts Knit Together was born out of my struggle to balance my desire to create with my busy life as a mother of four. I am challenging myself to do something creative WITH my children each week and to share that adventure with you on Mondays. I invite you to share your creativity with your children so that we might inspire each other with ideas to help "knit our hearts together." 

If you want to join me, write a blog post about something creative you did with kids and share your link in the comments. No rules really, only that your link is current and something about creating with children. They don't even have to be your own kids. Please remember to link back to The Gauge Wars so that others who may want to join can find it. Pretty simple. Your post can be from any day of the week. It doesn't have to be Monday. Thank you for participating! 

My little family was hit hard by a nasty, violent stomach bug last week. Seriously. Wiped. Us. Out. Jude started it Monday night. On Thursday morning Roman climbed into bed with us and promptly announced he needed to throw up. Joel and I succumbed to it about 30-60 minutes later. I thought I might die that day it was so horrible. And 24 hours later it was gone. It didn't need to stay long, it did it's damage quickly. Man am I glad that visitor left! My sister was here from Texas for 3 days and I had to miss our ski trip because I was struggling to make it to the bathroom from my bed 4 feet away. So bummed to have missed that!

This week instead of creating with my children I got to experience Creation with one of them. On Saturday I went snowshoeing with the girls youth group from church. I was so glad I was feeling better then and didn't have to miss skiing and snowshoeing. Wonderful to spend the morning with Adelle. I think I went snowshoeing as a child on those old ones that looked a little like tennis rackets. Snowshoes sure have come a long way (and they are not cheap!). I borrowed my brother's and his wife's which worked great.

We went up Millcreek Canyon in Salt Lake City to Porter Fork Trail. We walked past quite a few houses and snow machines up there. This yellow one I photographed was the cutest. And seriously I want to live there! It is only like 20 minutes from my current house. I can't imagine how fun it would be to have all that gorgeousness right outside your front door. It was just so beautiful and peaceful up there. I plan to go back soon with the boys. They keep asking me when I am taking them snow hiking. Jude realized this week that I am not enrolling him in kindergarten. I tried to tell him that, "I am not ready to send you to school, I want you home with me." But that only consoled him for a little while. My new tactic is to remind him of all the fun things we do when the girls are at school, liking hiking. I homeschooled the girls for kindergarten and feel like that one on one education to get them started really helped them be strong readers and students. I want to do the same for Jude. Not to mention that additional time to instill our family values and help him learn to behave before I send him to the chaos of a classroom. I need to take him snow hiking soon so he remembers the perks of homeschooling.

Happy Monday!

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