independence day

This time last year, we had a 2 month old newborn. I can’t even remember any particulars so I’m going to safely assume that meant I was still learning to function on broken up sleep. Needless to say, I’m pretty sure 4th of July was just another day in the household.

Oh look, I found a few blurry phone pictures! Now it’s all coming back to me.

Arm rolls for days.

Something was funny, probably in his diaper.

I thought so…there was a lot of this happening.

Last weekend, we decided to venture out with our 14 month old (a legit toddler now, no less) to explore the great country of Texas we live in. Gosh, I am learning to love this place we now call home. It’s definitely no beach (duh) but it has so much beauty everywhere. I mean, waterfalls? When I see something like that, it’s easy to forget that we are actually in a drought.

God isn’t boxed in by words man uses to define nature. He always provides bountifully and sufficiently.

So, we drove west through a number of small towns on roads like this. It was so glorious. Had the temperatures been more pleasant (i.e. under 80*) we would’ve had the windows rolled down. Alas, the view was no worse for wear with the air conditioner blasting our faces.

You might ask about the toddler…he really enjoyed the 2 hour car ride because it gave him ample time for a snack and a nap. That’s crucial. Mom and Dad enjoyed 2 hours of uninterrupted time to talk, which was sort of strange at first because we had to remember What That Was Like.


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Blurry toddler gazing out at the trees whizzing by, slowly giving in to sleep.

Just in time for lunch, we arrived at our destination. I’ll tell you what. When you know it’s about to be a hot, sweaty and long afternoon, you will eat your PB&J sandwiches in the cool comfort of an air conditioned truck. That doesn’t negate the whole “let’s hike in the middle of summer, in Texas, during the hottest part of the day” experience. Not one bit.

Then, it was time to start hiking. I mentioned waterfalls earlier and after some deliberation we decided to go ahead with the original plan, even though we had collectively forgotten the Ergo carrier back home.

Lesson 1: Don’t leave the Ergo carrier at home when you’ve driven 2 hours to go hiking where the terrain is very rugged and your toddler weighs almost 25 pounds.


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Although, I admit. This melts me. So, I’m sort of glad we forgot the carrier because then this wouldn’t have happened.





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There was a lot more of that on the way to these waterfalls, all 1.75 miles of it. By this point, I was starting to really hope that these waterfalls were worth the hike. Because when it hardly ever rains here, I begin to wonder how waterfalls can even exist.

Lesson 2: Never doubt God’s hand in nature. See my quote above.



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Lesson 3: Always assume that your toddler will never look at the camera if there are other things to look at.

Finally, the glorious and legit waterfalls. All 60 feet high, all rushing down, not the Niagara but nonetheless awesome in its’ own way. The only part left was the 1.75 mile uphill hike with a toddler without a carrier. When we finally reached the parking lot, this couple whom we saw down at the waterfalls said and I quote “Wow, you made it back.”

Never had I felt more confident as a parent than at that moment.

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6 thoughts on “independence day

  1. Ester says:

    Funny. But true. Making it back, a legit accomplishment for parent of aforementioned toddler, still learning to hike. Props to his stamina, now I know where his food is going. Beautiful shots though.

    • Urban Wife says:

      Haha, I’m glad we did too because for a minute, I thought we weren’t going to. πŸ˜‰ Yes, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the Texas landscape and it has definitely grown on me.

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