Skip to main content

Little Trail Runner

We have gone hiking at Prentice Cooper State Forest a few times this year – Jack always requests to go to Mushroom Rock – and on these hikes we always cross paths with trails runners.

Jack is enamored by the idea of trail running and every time we go hiking he runs ahead of us, running at least a mile each time.

Daniel is excited about this development because trail running is one of his favorite activities. 

On our last hike I carried Isaac in the backpack carrier so that Jack and Daniel could run ahead.

Jack created a game where he would run out of sight of me and Isaac, then wait until he could see us again, and then run away from us as fast as he could. 

The only negative about the running is that the trail to Mushroom Rock is mostly downhill, so on the return trip Jack is already worn out and then we have to go up some big hills.

Thankfully he has been a trooper and finished the hikes/runs with a little prodding from us.

Jack will tell us that he is low on energy – specifically that his energy tank goes from his ankles to his head and that his energy is at his ankles. Such a funny kid! 

We use Transformers to our advantage and talk about needing to "power up and energize!" After a snack and water, he is typically ready to power up.

We are thrilled that Jack is embracing our hobbies and that Isaac seems to like being outside.

One last funny(ish) story... 
On a recent hike, we passed a teenager who was trail running without a shirt on. Jack was immediately questioned this practice. We told him that the runner was probably hot and took off his shirt, and that someday Jack might also choose to run without a shirt on.

At the time Jack was wearing a hat, so he took it off and handed it to me. I guess he wasn't ready to take his shirt off to run, but the removal of a hat seemed like a logical step.

Until our next adventure in the woods!


Popular posts from this blog

Baby Update: 32 Weeks, What's It Like to Have Polyhydramnios

I have had some questions about how I am feeling so I thought I would share what it has been like for me to experience Polyhydramnios with this pregnancy. If you have missed my previous posts, I have too much amniotic fluid in my uterus which makes my belly really big and it also causes early contractions (and possibly labor) because my body thinks it is further along than it is. For me it meant a hospital stay at almost-30 weeks to stop contractions.

Yesterday I had my follow up with the high-risk OB. Their ultrasound measurements showed the fluid is currently 21cm (which is below the risk). The measurements are a bit of an art project with different people getting different numbers (last week I was still measuring 25cm). The doctor I saw said they will continue to measure and assess me on a weekly basis for now. According to him, once I make it to 34 weeks, they would not try to prevent birth if I went into labor. He also mentioned wanting to induce me at 38 weeks. We shall see... my…

Weekend Project: Sign Art

UPDATE 01/07/16
This project is by far my most viewed post thanks to Pinterest and also this blog post from Make Magazine in 2014. If you are interested in purchasing a PDF of the words from me, you may do so for $20. Contact me at cheree dot moore at gmail dot com to make the purchase. If you make your own sign, I would love to hear about and see your results!

For some time, I have been intrigued by the idea of transferring printed art to wood. Specifically the transfer of words (or typography). Sign art is all over the internet – be it blogs I follow or Pinterest – and I have had an itch to try my hand at it. 

Daniel and I had some scrap wood from pallets from our move to Alabama that was in good shape and I thought that this wood gave me the perfect opportunity to create a (cheap) sign for our living room.

It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to go on the sign and then it took even longer to research how I would do the transfer. Actually doing the project took even longer sin…

It's the Final Countdown

Three long years ago, we learned that Daniel was going to be relocated from working in Hollywood, Alabama to two hours north in Spring City, Tennessee. We knew it was coming, but it still turned our world upside down. We spent eight months living out of suitcases, in and out of hotels and vacation homes during the week, until finally settling into our current home on Signal Mountain.
We both felt strongly that we made the right choice in regard to the location of our new home, but we knew it would be a difficult journey – Daniel's new position promised long hours, with a 70-minute commute each way. We were told the job would last about a year, so we hoped and prayed for the best.
To say it's been a hard experience would be an understatement. Jack went through a phase where he didn't believe that Daniel lived at our house. Which was kind of true. For months on end, Daniel worked 6-7 days a week, and sometimes weeks at a time without a day off. The hours were lo…