Three Kids & 1 Mom

We have 3 kids now: newly 8 years, 4 years, and 2 months old. It’s the middle of a hot summer, and the older kids are dying to get out and about. To be honest, the grown-ups are also dying to get out and about in the woods. However, we have two big logistical issues: …

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Summer Day Hiking: What to Bring

What to bring, or, What I Brought My girls and I decided we’d take a few hours to explore a nearby trail loop, the Cienega-Sulphur Creek Loop this week. It’s a 3 mile hike with about 600 feet of elevation change, starting around 7250 feet. The biggest draws for the hike was that it features …

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Hiking and Walking Locally, What’s to know?

Social distancing and continued coronavirus concerns have prompted many to turn to walking, hiking, and running/trail running for exercise as gyms and other group exercise activities remain off limits.  Spending time in nature hiking, walking, or running is a great way to move your body out of work-from-home pose, get some exercise, get away from …

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We’re back (slowly!)

It's been a few months since I've posted here, and what a tumultuous time it has been. Our son was born in late May, healthy and well; he is thriving as we move into his second month, in a record hot summer. Newborn life is a whirlwind and a cocoon. As usual after a new …

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Finding small joys in all the strangeness

I am 32 weeks pregnant, with 8(-ish) weeks to go until my third child is set to arrive.  This is my third pregnancy, and it’s playing out quite differently than the first two, and even differently from what was laid out by my OB/GYN back in November and December. Most notably, I’m over 35 ("elderly …

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Where we are now

We're a solid week (or more) into our new reality of no school, work from home, self-isolation.  The new reality of coronavirus has had a profound affect on all of our family members, though we're happily able to weather these stresses together and - thus far - in good health. Most noticeable change for the …

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Times of Change

So much has changed since last posting. Last time, I wrote about giving kids the tools to plan their outdoor adventures. In the weeks between, the COVID-19 virus has upended our lives, and everyone is dealing with a new reality. My daughters’ school and day care are closed, and we are self-isolating as a family …

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International Women’s Day (belated!)

Happy International Women's Day! Or rather, the day after International Women's Day. Life has many transitions. Some are minor, some major, some sudden, others creep up on you. Finding a community that supports you through these transitions is really important.  There is no larger evolution than becoming a parent for the first (or second, or …

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Kids in Charge: Planning Activities

Recently, I wrote about flexibility when planning activities with kids. Today, I'm writing about stepping back and letting my children take more of a planning role in our activities. My family loves to hike. I have a lot of ideas about where and how to hike in and around Albuquerque. My daughters also have a …

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Age vs Qualifying Time for US Women’s 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials

I recently wrote a post looking into the qualifying times and which races the record-number of participants in the 2020 Women's Olympic Marathon Trials qualified. Today, I explore the race day ages and qualifying times of the women's field. Initial graph setup: qualifying time plotted on the horizontal (x) axis, while age increases up the …

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