Mother’s Day at Newton Hills State Park

Howdy, friends.

We had a pretty great Mother’s Day at our house.

My day started with a 12-mile run with several friends. We just ran these about 2-mile loops on dirt and gravel at a local park.

Then I came home and Philip made me an omelet (he is an awesome breakfast cook) and his specialty, homemade croissants. He has celiac and can’t even eat them anymore, but he made them just for me. It’s a 24-hour process, full of steps and patience, but SO worth it. They are amazing. I may or may not have stood in my kitchen in my sweaty, gross running clothes and eaten like six of them in a row. I’m sure there are hardly any calories, right? I mean, it was only a pound of butter in them … . Yum.

Then he and the kids gave me some gifts — a new ipod and Jack made me a little box with candy in it. It was great. And a card with a sticker that said, “World’s Best Mom” in it.

Already my day was perfect, but then we decided to drive a little and take the kids to Newton Hills State Park, near us.

I used to go there a lot when I first moved to South Dakota, 13 years ago. I mountain biked there a few times, hiked a bit. Philip and I went hiking there on one of our first dates. But I don’t think I’ve been there in at least five or six years. I don’t even know why. It’s not far at all.

We told the kids we were going hiking — which they’ve never done — and then to a playground. We knew if we hit the playground first, we’d never get them on the trail.

Thankfully, they were in great moods and game for anything. We packed an easy picnic lunch and headed out.

It was perfect.

Hanging out on a log.

Hanging out on a log.

Big girl!

Big girl!

Jack had no idea you could climb trees. Clearly we don't get into nature nearly enough.

Jack had no idea you could climb trees. Clearly we don’t get into nature nearly enough.

One of the many times Viv just sat on the trail and refused to keep going.

One of the many times Viv just sat on the trail and refused to keep going.

Philip and the turkeys!

Philip and the turkeys!

Having a wonderful Mother's Day.

Having a wonderful Mother’s Day.

Look how sweet this is.

Look how sweet this is.

At some points, Jack was just SPRINTING down the trail. It was awesome.

At some points, Jack was just SPRINTING down the trail. It was awesome.

"Mom, is this nature?"

“Mom, is this nature?”

We played at the playground afterward, and it was wonderful. He and Viv made it one whole loop — maybe a mile? It took us about an hour, which is fine with me. But they got a second wind when they saw swings and a slide. I think we will definitely go back this summer to camp. They are at a great age for it — easily entertained.

Though later they said they really liked Newton Hills, then Jack said, “Can we go back and play there?”

“Sure, buddy,” I said.
“But next time can we not do that hiking part?”

Ha ha. Uh, no, you have to hike, kiddo.

All I wanted for Mother’s Day was to spend time with my family, being outside, with no goals, deadlines, chores or plan. Just hang out and go with whatever sounds good. And that is exactly what we did.

Plus I got a long run in, so yay!

Happy running.

 

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