getting outside each day with my kiddos and doing something active has definitely helped with my sanity as i’ve navigated this thing called motherhood the past few years. living in the city has been great for this very reason, because the smaller living quarters of urban life somewhat forces you to get out even if you’d rather stay in, and fresh air, sunshine (even cold sunshine in the winter!) and some physical activity does wonders for my family’s moods and spirits and over all well-being.
with autumn’s arrival, we thought it was a great chance to get outside of new york city and enjoy a day in the mountains hiking! we drove out to bear mountain, which is just about an hour north of the city. our kids love pretending they are explorers searching for bears or other animals and as long as we time it all right and keep the hike doable for them, we all have a good time.
we have loved partnering with band aid and neosporin brands this year because no matter what the activity, we have found it super helpful to always carry some sort of simple first aid kit with us that contains band aid bandages, neosporin, and other helpful items. anytime we’re in the outdoors especially, my kids love to climb and run and scoot and bike and jump off things and pick up rocks and sticks and just basically, be kids. scrapes and cuts and little boo boos are often the norm in our day to day life with active little ones so i like feeling prepared by always having something on hand. for this particular hike, we packed up some snacks, a canteen of water, and brought along our own little first aid kit we made using a simple clear pouch. it’s one of the ones we carry with us everywhere, since it’s compact but can still fit a few loose band aid bandages, neosporin, hand sanitizer and other things the kids like inside. depending on the season, we’ll stick in a small thing of sunscreen, little sunglasses, and lip balm, too. it’s great because we can throw the little pouch into whatever bag i’m using for the day, and since it’s clear, i know when we’re running low on band aid bandages or other items to restock inside.
anyway, we took a ton of photos (what else is new!) on this hike, and i’m excited to share them with you!
it’s a little bit hard to really tell in the photos, but a few of these spots on the trail were steep!!!!! making it extra fun to climb up but even more fun to climb down (or slide down like samson did!) on our return to the car!
this child has finally learned to give closed mouth kisses and while so much of me misses that baby stage where they just open their mouths and plant a big wet kiss on you with their mouth open the entire time, i love that we’ve progressed to a proper kiss now too. next part to tackle is not landing the kiss on the nose! haha.oh gosh, i just don’t know how i got so lucky to mother these three babies of mine, but i can’t tell you how much i love them.
bear mountain, you guys. it’s kind of crazy this is so close to manhattan and yet, how different!
break time for snacks! conrad’s face is everything.
this is our clear pouch first aid kit i was talking about above! it fits our essentials for the day perfectly. i think it’s so important to let kids be kids. let them climb, let them get dirty, let them explore. stand back a little and give them space to figure it out on their own. maybe they’ll fall a little bit more this way, maybe they’ll come home with extra dirt under their finger nails, but it’s part of childhood, and it’s one of the best parts of it. you might have a few extra boo boos to fix up and kiss better at the end of the day, but you’re so good at that part, because you are their safety zone, their boo boo-fixer-uper, their biggest supporter and cheerleader. just don’t forget the band-aids bandages. ;) (i speak from experience because once i did forget my first aid pouch and had to tear off a piece of a wet-wipe and tie it around eleanor’s finger in lieu of a proper band-aid bandage. while i was feeling super proud of my quick improvisational skills when it came time to stop the bleeding, eleanor was rather disappointed i wasn’t “prepared” and that was kind of a bummer for me.)
those lashes and freckles! i’m so curious if he’ll be covered in lots of freckles in a few years or if these are just baby freckles for now. i love them either way, they make me so happy since i am part freckle myself. ;)
so many rocks to pick up and hold and try to talk mom into letting them bring home! this little trail marker, which someone before us turned into a bear, made eleanor so happy when she spotted it! “i knew it! the bears are this way!” she exclaimed so excitedly! for a moment there it truly felt like we were that family in the classic children’s book, we’re going on a bear hunt! i’m just so glad there was no bear chasing us home!
using a rock to chip away at another rock. when i asked him what he was doing, he said, “just making stuff, you know.” can’t handle them!
i think i’ve shared about this t-shirt before, but it was once upon a time josh’s older brother’s t-shirt. we’re just super proud to be davis’, and she loves wearing that thing any chance she gets! getting a little bit better at that family selfie thing!
love these tiny hikers and getting to explore with them! bear mountain is absolutely beautiful and we hope to be back soon to explore more of it. thank you to band-aid brand for sponsoring this blog post, and also for helping make our boo-boos heal faster. :)