On Father’s Day four years ago we found out we were pregnant. We didn’t know what our future would be like or who exactly would be joining our family, but we did know that we were excited for the adventures ahead. Adventures like we had today exploring beautiful Colorado, our new home, and enjoying time as a family.
We almost stayed home to work on putting up a new fence for our backyard, but temperatures were supposed to top out in the upper 90s F so we decided to go exploring in the mountains instead.
It was only a 45-minute drive and a short 3/4-mile hike before we were able to spend time hanging out and snacking by the alpine lake at the base of St. Mary’s Glacier.
And it wasn’t too much longer before S stripped down to her underwear to go swimming with Matt.
The water was cold, but S kept trying to get in until her feet slipped and she actually fell over in the water, basically dunking herself up to her chest. Matt went swimming and later jumped off a small cliff into the lake despite the fact that the water was literally ice cold. I stayed dry and watched the two of them enjoy the water, I had no intention of voluntarily submerging my body in freezing cold water.
We planned on just going to the lake and the base of the glacier, but when we got to the snow we kept right on hiking up and across the glacier. S got plenty of dad time since she didn’t want to walk and instead rode the whole way up in the carrier.
After quite a few false summits (you know, the ones where you think you see the top, but when you get there it is nothing more than a little rock pile) we finally reached a plateau with amazing views and an alpine meadow where S could eat lunch.
And where S and Matt could spend some time enjoying Father’s Day together just relaxing and being goofy.
When it was finally time to head back down the mountain we discovered that going down came with its own challenges. While other people skied and snowboarded down, we ran and slid down across the snow pack, S laughed and shrieked the whole way while I fell on my butt over and over again (sorry, no time to stop and take pictures of that one).
So four years ago we were trying to imagine what our future with a child would be like. Today we were enjoying it as best we know how; showing S the world around us and all the adventures it holds. As I put S to bed tonight she said her “peach” (favorite part of the day) was climbing to the top of the mountain and sliding down, I guess that means she had a pretty good day.
Happy Father’s Day everyone!