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quality time

I value quality time with those I love.  Spending time together is worth more than any store bought gift, in my opinion.

This weekend was one of those weekends where we didn’t have anything pressing to do.  Being a long weekend on top of it, we decided rather last minute to take a trip to the zoo.  Since it is a three hour drive each way, we made sure to get up nice and early.  We packed up the cameras, water bottles and music for the drive and away we went.  We always stop for coffee and breakfast before leaving town.  It’s just what we do.  The kids eat while I drive, and I have my caffeine fix.  Sometimes they fall asleep on the drive, sometimes we all sing along to whatever song is playing.  Sometimes they read.  It’s always enjoyable no matter what.

I’ve come to crave these little day trips.  The adventure of getting away, of taking a trip unplanned.  Just drop everything and go.  Sometimes these are solo trips if the kids are not home that week, but I love the ones where they come along the most.  It’s good quality time well spent.  On top of that, my eldest had a chance to continue developing his photography skills in a different setting.  He’s getting very good at it, and I am very proud of him.  But there’s something to be said for getting away from home for just a little while.  A change of scenery.  A little excitement.  Spending time outdoors, and believe me, we were out there walking around and enjoying the sun and the setting for a good five hours at least.  These are the little things that they will remember as they grow into adults.  These are the things I will remember as they grow up and move on to live their own lives.  I will know that they will have those happy memories to draw upon.  They will have that influence for how they might like to live their lives, and should they have children, to do what they enjoyed as kids for their own.

Quality time.  I read somewhere that you have 18 summers with your children before they are grown.  This is what I’m doing with my 18.

adventure on

My boys and I regularly go on adventures.  Some are big and others not so big.  Adventures take many shapes and forms, but they are all exciting no matter what it is.  This weekend we did our annual dinosaur hunting adventure.  I take them to Drumheller, Alberta every year since we are all dino-crazy.

The weather was not fantastic.  It was downright crappy really.  Cold and overcast, with rain in the night making the outdoor activities poor to nonexistent.  One of our mantras was used excessively this weekend.  If you’re not getting dirty, you’re not adventuring.

We did get dirty.  We also got muddy and wet.  So we spent the majority of this adventure indoors.  Naturally, we had to visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum as we do every year.  We love it there.  Everyone should go at least once.

Drumheller is a place where I feel like I’m allowed to let my inner child run wild.  It’s ok to be obsessed with dinosaurs and fossils there.  It’s encouraged even.  I’m sure the local businesses love it because they want you to buy dinosaur merchandise and fossils.  You know, support the local economy and all.  We do.  We drop a small fortune every year, and I am totally ok with it.

Am I sad that our annual dinosaur adventure is over for this year? Absolutely.  But now we get to look forward to the next one. And in the meantime, I have my memories, photos and souvenirs to remind me of the fantastic trip we enjoyed together.