Motherhood Moments: Here Comes 2015!

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2014 was a great year to be outdoors and I’m sure 2015 will be too. Part of the fun of New Years for me is thinking ahead at who I want to be in the coming year, how I want to change and what I can do to make that change happen.

I’m not planning to run an iron man or travel to all seven continents this year but I would like to push myself to experience the outdoors in different ways. Kid friendly ways. I’d like to participate in an outdoors service project. See how far little g can hike on her own. Teach Big E to ride a bike without training wheels. Get both of my kids out on skis at least once a week throughout the season. My goals may not be huge but they’re important to our family. Being outdoors improves my mood, helps us all get some exercise and makes me more grateful for the world around me.

The number one game changer for our Mountain family this year will be the arrival of Mountain Baby in March. Ready or not, she’s coming in ten weeks. How will having a newborn affect our camping, hiking and outdoors plans? I’m not entirely sure.

So far it’s kept me from snowboarding this season, and I don’t imagine skydiving anytime soon, but growing a child, feeling her flutters and kicks has connected me to the cycle of life in a very intimate way. I’m excited to be a mom again and remember the tender beginnings we all had. I’ve already experienced the expansion of love that comes with welcoming a baby into the world. Like the Grinch I expect my heart to “grow three sizes that day” because special things start in small packages. It’s a miracle to be a mom and I plan to treasure the happy moments before the chaos overwhelms me.

So what will your 2015 bring? What outdoors plans do you have and how do you accomplish them with young kids in tow? Leave a comment and let’s start this conversation!

Happy New Year!

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Author: Mountain Mom

Hi! I'm Mountain Mom. I live with my husband and three young kids in the mountains near Sundance, Utah. When we're not hiking, biking, skiing and camping, I spend my time doing Mom stuff and reading. Summer of 2016 we traveled over 7,000 miles along the US National Park to Park Highway.

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  1. Mountain Momma, Susan! I love that you have such a passion for the outdoors! And to help your kids learn to love it as well and have gone to such an extent to blog about it.

    I love all the things you do but am homebound due to illness. Boo! More on that on my blog-(flopbott.blogspot.com) but first of all I have a tip to help you with one of your 2015 goals. P.S. your goals make me want to set to small goals myself to get back out there. Thanks to Go-Pro cameras, my son's outdoor adventures can be brought to me- often live- on my TV. (thank you Apple TV!)

    So here is the secret to getting a kid to learn to not only ride a bike, but learn balance:

    Get a bike from DI or use the one he has and take off all the shanks. The paddling motion he will have to do without any of the that "in the way" will help him learn the motion of pedaling. Training wheels teach them to "lean" to either side. It totally makes sense when you watch a kid on a bike with training wheels.

    J. learned at a young age with a bike like it that our neighbors loaned to us. Then he transitioned to a bike the same size but with all the hardware to pedal! He learned within a few days. It's awesome. HOWEVER, he did take two weeks to learn the back ward motion of braking.

    I had to literally get on my hands and knees and help him understand the feel of going backward with his pedaling. He was four. We LOVE biking. Out of all the sports we have participated in, biking is the one that we have bonded with the most. Lots of special memories on bikes.

    I would also invest in some gloves that have open fingers but the cushiony gel on the palms. That, coupled with pants or knee pads and they are riding within a blink of an eye.

    Hope this helps. Despite being disabled, I am grateful for the outdoors. Today the sun was shining here in Idaho after some freezing cold temps. It was glorious to run errands with the Tetons clearly visible from our town of Idaho Falls.

    I have some great stories to tell you about hiking as we did it quite often when I was younger. We have some great day hikes in this area that are kid friendly. Well, minus the mosquitos!

    I also would recommend reading some hilarious books on outdoor fun written by the author, Patrick McManus.

    When I feel up to it, I will need to come visit Care and we will have to Pow-Wow. I am also very interested in the latest book you've worked on.

    Best-

    Amanda Hobbs Dierenfeldt

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